Thattapayir (Cow peas) Kulambhu

For today's Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday I am sharing you all a authentic kulambhu made in our households.This is a simple yet finger licking kulambhu made in no time and no need of prior soaking.It can be with veggies like brinjal and drumstick.All you need is dry roast the cowpeas/thattapayir and cook it.This kulambhu goes very well with rice as well as idly and dosa,tastes even better on the next day.Now off to the recipe........................................

Basic Information

Preparation Time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 25 minutes
Serves ~ 3-4


Thattapayir/cowpeas1/2 cup
Onion(chopped)1(medium size)
Tomato1(medium size)
Turmeric powder1/4 tsp
Sambar Powder1 tbs
Tamarind /pulismall lemon size
Curry leaves/karivepillai1 sprig
Salt1 tsp
Oil2 tbs

Grind to a fine paste

Dried red chilly/varamilagai2
Coconut(grated)3-4 tbs
Cumin seeds/jeeragam1/4 tsp
For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu1/2tsp
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam1/8tsp
Asafoetida/perungayama pinch


Dry roast the cow peas in a pan in a slow flame,till a nice aroma comes out .To this add around 2 cups of water and cook it till it becomes soft (not mushy).Extract the tamarind and grind the given ingredients to grind to a fine paste with little water, keep it aside.

Heat a pan with oil and do the tempering,now add in the chopped onion and garlic.Saute it till transparent.
Add the tomato,salt and cook it soft and mushy.

Now add in the sambar powder and give it a mix.Now add the tamarind water and allow to cook till the raw smell goes away.

Add in the salt and cook it till it becomes thick,add the coconut paste and cook it for 3-4 minutes. 

Finally add the cooked cow peas and cook it for 3-4 minutes.

Serve it with rice and poriyal,pappad.


  • The roasted cowpes can be cooked in a pressure cooker for a whistle
  • Here I used the fat clove of garlic,if it is a smaller one 10-12 cloves can be used.

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Spicy, tasty and fingerlicking good kulambhu.

A bowl of rice, this kuzhambu and papads is enough for me to have a filling lunch..Inviting.

Delicious and lovely looking kuzhambu. Wonderfully prepared.

delicious kulambu as usual nice clicks

Awesome curry and a healthy one too.

This is one of my fav curries and make it atleast once a week .Yet to post it though! Yours looks so tempting!

It looks so yummy and healthy. Dr, Damond T Holt says that healthy is whole life

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