May 17, 2012

Chena Van Payar Erissery (Yam and Black Eyed Peas Curry) -Kerala Recipe

Elephant yam(Chena) - 2 Cups
Black-eyed beans(Vanpayar) -1 Cup
Grated coconut  -1/2 cup (3 tblspn for seasoning and the remaining coconut for grinding)
Pearl Onions  -5 – 6 nos
Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
Black pepper - 4 nos
Garlic pods - 1 - 2 nos
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 tsp
Chilly Powder -1 tsp
Salt to Taste
Coconut Oil -2 tsp
Mustard seeds -1 tsp
Black gram (Uzhunnuparippu/Urad dal) -1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves- 1 Spring
Red chillies -3 – 4 nos
1)Cook vanpayar by adding enough water, turmeric powder and chilly powder.
2)When the vanpayar is nearly cooked, add chena and allow it to cook.
3)Grind together grated coconut, cumin seeds, black pepper,pearl onions and garlic into a coarse form.
(Make sure that it doesn’t become a paste)
4)When the chena and vanpayar are fully cooked, add the above ground mixture.
5)Add some water and salt and allow it to cook.
6)Remove from flame when it’s done.
7)Heat oil in a pan and Fry 3 tbsp of grated coconut and add it to this mixture.
8)Again Heat oil in a pan.
9)Splutter mustard seeds and add dry red chillies ,urad dal and curry leaves.
10)Add the above seasoning into the chena curry.
Serve with Rice.


  1. I love black eyed beans..curry looks delicious.

  2. Yummy, I am drooling @ that plate :)

  3. blay eyed bean curry looks delicious

  4. Never tasted this combo..looks tasty.

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