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Pachai Payaru Kuzhambu | Siru Payiru Kuzhambu | Green Gram Curry

Pachai Payaru Kuzhambu

This is a healthier and tastier kuzhambu. The process may look longer but it is a very simple recipe like sambar. So don't get afraid looking at the long steps. Once done you will feel those steps are very simple at the end. I learned this recipe from my brother who makes it perfectly. My hubby loves this a lot and ask me to make this frequently.

For better taste try to use whole green gram instead of split dal. There are several key components to this sirupayiru kuzhambu - raw plaintain, pumpkin, potato, brinjal, green gram dal alongside ground onion, green chilli pasteIf you are interested, check my Siru Kizhangu Kootu which is made using green gram.
Green Gram Curry

Sirupayiru Kuzhambu

Recipe Cuisine: Tamil Nadu / South Indian | Recipe Category: Kuzhambu
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cooking Time: 30 mins | Serves: 6


Sirupayiru / Whole Greengram - 1 cup
Pumpkin - 1 cup
Raw plaintain - 1
Potato - 1
Brinjal - 4
Onion - 1, sliced
Tamarind - small ball sized
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 3 sprigs
Salt - to taste

To roast and grind 1:

Coriander seeds - 3 tsp
Toor dal - 1 tsp
Cumin - 1/2 tsp
Rice - 1 tsp
Fenugreek - 1/2 tsp
Channa dal / Kadalai Paruppu - 1/2 tsp
Dry Chilli - 4

To grind2:

Small onion - 8 to 10
Green chilli - 6

To grind3:

Coconut - 2 tblspn
Cumin - 1/2 tsp


Take a pan, drizzle little oil. In low flame, roast the green gram till it changes colour. Transfer it to a plate and allow it to cool down.

Now with the help of a mortar, split the green gram by rolling over it. Blow off the unwanted skin that you got by rolling.

Adding enough water, pressure cook the split dal for 5 whistle or till cooked. Mash it well and keep aside.

In a pan, dry roast ingredients listed above to "to roast and grind". Grind them into a smooth powder. Also grind 2nd and 3rd list separately without adding water.

Meanwhile, chop the vegetables(do not peel skins of pumpkin and potato).

Take a vessel, take the chopped vegetables, ground masala, turmeric and curry leaves.

After 5 mins, add in sliced onion.

When the vegetables are cooked, add the mashed green gram dal, salt, onion chilli paste(paste2), coconut cumin paste(paste3) and tamarind extract. Mix them well and check for salt.

Cook for 10 mins stirring in between because the dal may settle down and burn on the bottom.

Serve with rice and citron pachadi.

  • Addition of pumpkin is a must.
  • In addition, you can add 2 tsp of chopped citron.
  • You can add some ghee to this while serving. But this is optional.
  • It was not very spicy. If you want a spicy kuzhambu, you can increase the green chilli.

Ingredients for pachai payaru kuzhambu
Keep all your ingredients ready
roast green gram
Drizzle little oil and roast green gram till it changes color. Transfer it to a plate and cool down a bit
roast ingredients 2
In the same pan, add the ingredients listed under "to roast and grind" and roast till coriander becomes golden brown. Do not let it turn dark
make sambar powder
Cool them and grind it to a smooth powder
split the green gram
Split the green gram with the help of a mortar by rolling over it. Blow off the excess skin from it
add water
After blowing away the excess skin, take it in a pressure cooker and add enough water to cook it
pressure cook green gram
Pressure cook the green gram for 5 whistles as it will be not easily cooked
chop vegetables
Chop the vegetables and clean them. Do not remove the skin of pumpkin, potato
cook vegetables
Take the vegetables in a vessel. Add enough water to cook them
turmeric, curry leaves
followed by turmeric, salt and curry leaves
add the ground powder
Immediately, add the ground masala.
cover and cook
Cover and cook them for 5 mins
sliced onion
After 5 mins, add in sliced onion
grind onion chilli
Before the vegetables get cooked, grind onion and green chilli into a coarse paste. Also grind coconut and cumin without adding water
mash the green gram
Once the pressure subsides, mash the cooked green gram
check if it is cooked
Check the vegetables if it is cooked
add mashed dal
Once the vegetables got cooked add the mashed green gram
tamarind extract
Add some tamarind extract which is extracted from a small gooseberry sized ball
onion chilli paste
Immediately  add the ground onion chilli paste
coconut cumin paste
Add some coconut cumin paste. All the 4 items are added at the same time
add water
Add enough water and boil for 15 mins
put off the flame
The consistency of this kuzhambu is not too thick and not very watery. Once done, put off the flame
Siru Payiru Kuzhambu
Serve with citron pickle

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