Vellapayar/ Vanpayar Curry | Black Eyed Beans Curry

Now we are on the last 10 days of Ramadan. This month always seems to fly, despite us not wanting it to be like that. Good times always tend to move on quickly, doesn’t it? The last 10 days are very important as it is believed that during one of these days, our holy book, the Qur’an was revealed. We call the day as Lailathul Qadr, the night of destiny. During the odd nights of the last ten days, believers are encouraged to stay up all night in prayers and invoke Allah’s blessings. A little slide to brief about the night:Pin


You can find here some information, which is beautifully and precisely mentioned regarding this blessed night, in case if it interests you to know! πŸ™‚


Off to today’s recipe – If there is one beans that I fall flat for, then it’s black eyed beans. I can have it in any form. From early days, when my umma used to make this for lunch, I used to scoop out maximum possible from the bowl and my plate used to 30 percent rice and 70 percent beans!!! πŸ˜‰ Umma used to get irritated that I would not be bothered to think about anybody else who were still to have lunch. Things haven’t changed a bit till date. I still love it, I still scoop out from the curry and I still eat more of it than rice! Some days for dinner during Ramadan, umma and I whip up a quick rice and curry meal, with fried fish and some stir fry and this curry is always on our list whenever possible.




Vellapayar/ Vanpayar/ Black Eyed Beans Curry

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 3/4 cup black eyed beans washed and soaked overnight
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut grated
  • 5 shallots chopped
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • For tempering:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 3 dry red chillies
  • Curry leaves


  • Cook the soaked beans in water, turmeric powder and salt till done. I cooked in the pressure cooker for one whistle and 15 minutes on simmer.
  • Allow the pressure to go on itself.
  • Blend the coconut, shallots, green chillies, ginger paste and fennel seeds with little water to a smooth mixture.
  • Add this to the cooked lobia and simmer till warm.
  • Do not boil otherwise the coconut will split. Switch off the flame.
  • Heat the coconut oil in a little saucepan, splutter the mustard seeds and fry the dry chillies and curry leaves for a minute. Dump this into the curry and give it a good mix. Serve warm with rice!!!

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  1. The curry looks awesome and lovely…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  2. U r absolutely rt Rafee..whenever mom makes our fav dish we hardly bother abt others..I think its d same with almost all…..
    the dish looks delicious!!

    1. glad to know priya… thank u very much… πŸ™‚

  3. wow nice healthy and tasty recipe…

    1. thank u so much hetal…

  4. Ahh, this is my fav bean too !! I too munch on it as much as I like πŸ™‚ And love that pic with rice & vanpayar curry & I believe chammanthi podi !!

    1. thank u so much chitz… πŸ™‚

  5. Healthy & full of nutrition. I am a bean lover like you.

    1. thank u so much humi…

  6. A healthy nutritious recipe….Will surely try it πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much remya…

  7. wow, lovely and mouthwatering recipe, must give it a try….

    1. thank u so much raaz…

  8. This looks like a delicious curry. May Allah accept our prayers and bless us all in the last 10 days of Ramadan!

    I've shared some awards with you. Please come by and pick it up πŸ™‚


    1. InShaAllah dear… thank u so much for the awards… πŸ™‚

  9. healthy n yummy recipe rafee!

    1. thank you so much sangeetha…

  10. Rafeeda, my husband is a big fan of vanpayar just like you. Will soon try your version with fennel seeds.

    1. thank u so much sebeena… if u do try, please let me know…

  11. Yummy and protein packed recipe.

    1. thank u so much hemalata…

  12. Times flying and 10 days up already ah! I am glad you are here posting most days unlike of what we spoke the other day ..:-) Oh I love the black eyed pea too.. πŸ™‚ Wonderful recipe Rafee.

    1. yeah true rekha… i've been able to post more than what i had expected! thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  13. Nannayittund rafee….aa choru kandittu ippo kazhikkan thonnuva….

    1. thank u so much shaai… πŸ™‚

  14. love to know about the strength of prayers….love this recipe….i cant wait to try this version next time and use on rice

    1. thank u so much divya…

  15. Hmmm…learnt something new about the special nite..
    the payar curry looks great

    1. thank u so much kaveri…

  16. Looks too delicious and nowadays I forget these beans to buy from the stores..thanks for reminding!!

    1. thank u so much suja…

  17. Love the curry Rafeeda…..The pic with the curry on rice is drool worthy. We usually make the dry version of this curry ..thanks for sharing the gravy version

    1. thank u so much anupa…

  18. Protein rich curry, love with rice too..

    1. thank u so much priyaakka…

  19. You are right, time files, love these vella payar curry. simple meals are always perfect Rafeeda.

    1. thank u so much swathi…

  20. I am terrible at including beans and legumes into our daily diet..! this curry is new to me, so bookmarking it! Thanks for sharing about lailatul qadr, Rafee πŸ™‚

    1. i love to add a lot of beans into our food, unfortunately the men in the house turn a blind eye to it! thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  21. Looks yummy n very ehalthy too.

    1. thank u so much usha…

  22. I too love this recipe Rafeeda dee….And am grabbing that pic of urs regarding Lailathu Qadr…Plzzzz

    1. thank u so much fabu… please feel free to share, y not? πŸ™‚

  23. WE love these black eyed beans at home and often prepare it…looks yummy…and enjoy these last few days of Ramadan…waiting for some Eid special recipe, mayb a yummy Biriyani πŸ˜›

    1. thank u so much dear… n yes, an Eid recipe is on its way, but not a biriyani, something else… πŸ˜‰

  24. curry looks so inviting, will taste divine with some rotis πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much…

  25. curry looks so yummy..healthy curry,perfect for rice

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  26. I wasn't much of a black eyed pea fan, but your curry is screaming for me to try. Will let you know once I do. Thanks for changing my outlook, Ms. Rafeeda.

    1. glad that i did, madam tisa… hehe… πŸ™‚

  27. Hey, I made this twice.. and this has become a to-keep recipe in my home. Simple , easy and tasty. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh… thank you so much for letting me know Fami… this is my favorite curry with rice…

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