Thatta Payir Puli Kuzhambu / Cow Pea Tamarind Gravy

Thatta Payir Puli Kuzhambu is a popular dish in Tamil Nadu. Thatta Payir (Cowpeas) provide a rich source of proteins and calories, as well as minerals and vitamins. This gravy goes well with rice as well as idly and dosa too.
Thatta Payir Puli Kuzhambu

  • Thatta payir(cowpea) - 1/2 cup
  • Drumstick - 1 (diced)
  • Brinjal - 1 (diced)
  • Tamarind -  a lemon size ball (Soak tamarind in hot water and extract tamarind juice and discard the pulp)
  • Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
  • Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  • Garlic - 4 cloves ( chopped)
  • Curry leaves - 4 or 5 leaves
  • Mustard seeds (for seasoning)
  • Oil
  • Salt to taste
  To Grind:
  • Onion - 1 (chopped)
  • Red chillies - 4
  • Tomato - 1 (chopped)
  • Grated Coconut - 1/3 cup
Pour Oil in a pan, roast red chillies,onions. Saute till onions are translucent , add tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are soft. Cool the above roasted ingredients and grind them with grated coconut.

                        1. Rinse and soak Thatta payir(cowpea) in water for 2 hours.
                        2. Pressure cook it with water adding a little salt and set aside.
                        3. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add curry leaves.
                        4. Now add onions and garlic, fry till the onions become translucent.
                        5. Add the vegetables drumstick and brinjal and saute for 2 minutes.
                        6. Add the cooked Thatta payir(cowpea) and stir well.
                        7. Add the grounded paste (paste containing onion , tomato and coconut) and stir well. 
                        8. Add coriander powder and mix well. Allow to cook for 2 minutes.
                        9. Add salt , 1/2 cup water and allow to cook well with a closed lid until the drumstick and brinjal are tender. (Adjust water according to the thickness you need)
                        10. Now add the tamarind juice, and allow to boil until oil separates.
                        11. Now tasty Thatta Payir Puli Kuzhambu is ready.