Thatta Payir Kulambu

Yields: 4 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 20 Mins Total Time: 35 Mins

Thatta Payir Kulambu / Karamani Kulambu / Cowpeas Curry

Thatta payir kulambu is a south Indian curry, that makes a wonderful combination for rice or wheat/ragi Kali, or dosa. My Mother usually makes with brinjal, potato and dried fish. This curry can be made with any veggies like drumstick, chow chow, bottle gourd, etc. I have made this recipe with potato.

Don’t remove the soaked water or boiled Thatta Payir (cowpeas) water. Because you will lose rich nutrients of cowpeas. You should always add the water into the curry.

To Know the nutrient value of Cowpeas click here 

Thatta Payir Kulambu


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  • Soaked thatta payir overnight and pressure cooked for 3 whistles.
  • In pan add sesame oil, onion and saute till sightly golden. Then add tomato saute till they become mushy.
  • Add coriander powder, tumeric, Kolumbu powder and saute well. Saute for about a minute and add coconut, Keep aside for cool down
  • After it cools down, Grind into a fine paste
  • In a pan add sesame oil/ any other oil of your choice and add mustard seeds. Add the chopped onions and saute until it turns golden color.
  • Add chopped potatoes or any vegetable and saute for 8 minutes, until the potatoes is half cooked . Add the fine paste and saute for 5 minutes until it looses its raw smell.
  • Add boiled thatta payir with cooked water, Salt (as per your taste) and add the tamarind juice and let this boil for 10 minutes until the gravy turned into right consistency.
  • Your Thatta payir kulambu is ready to serve.


If you have forgotten to soak cowpeas over night, soak it at least for 2 hours in hot water and allow additional 2 more whistle.


You can dry roast the cowpeas and use it immediately

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