Green Gram coconut curry chapathi sidedish | Pachai Payaru Kuruma

Green Gram coconut milk curry
Green Gram coconut milk curry
I really ought to say I miss blogging, writing a post, clicking pictures, it so happens that I have no motivation to blog these days, its been weeks since I post a recipe here. I know many of you wondered and even asked me what happened, I think I am lacking inspiration to blog although cooking inspiration is still alive. I do try to make 3 meals everyday, but I don't plate up and blog. I hope to get back soon and I just though better late than never so I took out my camera and started clicking pictures today. Here is a fresh post and fresh start (hopefully). 

Green gram or pachai payaru is a protein rich food, its also nicknamed the protein food for vegetarians. I usually cook green gram every fortnight as a lunch curry for chapathis. Everyone at home loves this delicious and simple curry and it so had to be blogged about. I also know that green gram is said to lower blood pressure and fill up your tummy. I have earlier shared recipes with green moong - Pacha Payaru Masiyal, Green gram mango salad, Green gram dosa, Chickpeas & green gram salad - . Lets move on to today's recipe. 

Pachai Payaru Kuruma - Chapathi side dish recipe
Pachai Payaru Kuruma - Chapathi side dish recipe

Recipe Source - Own
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 15 mins
Serves - 2-3 


Green gram 1/2 cup - soaked in water overnight
Onion - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Oil - 1 tbsp
Bay leaf - 1
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
Cardamom - 1 
Clove - 1
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Corriander - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Coconut milk (thin/ thick) - 1/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Corriander leaves - to garnish


1. In a bowl soak green gram overnight (approx 8-10 hrs), Pressure cook until partially soft, I usually pressure cook it for 5 hisses. Switch off, let the pressure settle.
2. In a kadai/ pan heat oil, add bay leaf, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and fennel seeds, once the aroma releases tip in the onions and saute for 2 minutes until golden.
3. Add the ginger garlic paste and give it a good mix cook until the raw smell goes away around 2 minutes.
4. Add in the tomato and salt cook until mushy. Now add the spice powders - turmeric, cumin, corriander and red chilli. Mix well and cook for 30 seconds.
5. Add the cooked green gram with little of the water from the pressure cooked gram.
6. Cover with a lid and let this cook in medium flame for around 3-4 minutes.
7. Add the coconut milk and garam masala and mix well, let the curry simmer for 3 minutes undisturbed.
8. Check for spice level switch off and garnish with corriander leaves.

Serve as a side to chappathi or rice.



1. make sure that the green gram is partially soft this makes the curry tasty. 


2. You could also add tomato puree to make the curry more dense.


3. Use homemade coconut milk for amazing flavor.


Pacha Payaru Masiyal
Green gram mango salad
Green gram dosa
Chickpeas & green gram salad


  1. perfect with chapati dear.welcome back dear

  2. wow! very tasty and creamy side dish..

  3. perfect for chapati for sure~

  4. Hey Priya..Long time, no see. eh! :)

    looks so delicious, never added coconut milk to such curries. surely a new one for me.


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