Cherupayar and Kachil Puzhukku (Mung and Yam Curry)

For as long as I remember, Cherupayar puzhukku and kanji has been the standard dinner on Saturdays at my mothers place. I think it was my mom's idea to take a break and avoid cooking anything elaborate at least for one  meal. It must have been so hectic to come back from work late in the evening and then cook a meal, check on our studies and take care of all the other chores. Of course my brother and I would protest every single time, we hated Kanji and wanted something "special".
I still try my best to avoid Kanji but I love this puzhukku and all its variations. I add any one or a combination of raw bananas, kachil (purple yam), chena (elephant foot yam) or chembu (taro) along with payar. Manoj eats it with rice or chappatis, but I like to have a bowlful of just the puzhukku with a big dollop of plain yogurt. Yumm!

Cherupayar and Kachil Puzhukku
1 cup whole mung beans
250 gms kachil,chena, chembu or raw bananas or a combination of these
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup fresh coconut, grated
4 dry red chilies or to taste
1 1/2 tsps cumin seeds
1/4 tsp peppercorns
2 cloves of garlic
1 sprig curry leaves

Cook the mung and the kachil separately along with some salt and turmeric powder. You can cook them together in the pressure cooker but the kachil may take longer than the mung, so its best to cook them separately.
Grind the coconut, chilies, cumin seeds, peppercorns and garlic along with some water. The paste should be a little coarse. Add the paste and curry leaves to the cooked mung and kachil. Mix together. The mixture should not be very dry, so add water accordingly and check the seasonings. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

This goes to Priya's CWS - Mung Beans and The Kerala Kitchen, guest hosted by Fajeeda.



  1. This is comfort food to me. But without the kachil.

  2. Hi poorni, its first here u have lot yummy and tempting recipes...
    Curry looks simple healthy and delicious...

  3. Nice combination curry, healthy and tasty

  4. I remember they day of kani and chrupayr,which we loved, and no when ever i go back home i make sure i eat them atleast few times. This looks so so good.

  5. Such an old fashioned dish.... feeling a bit nostalgic now...

  6. Wow,super delicious combo, mung & yam never tried this combo,thanks for sending to CWS Poornima..

  7. First time here ...Lovely space.This post bought back some hostel memories to me,we had kanji and puzhuku once in a week for dinner,I used to dread kanji but love this puzhukku...Went through some of ur older posts and loved all ur clicks :)

  8. Actually I love kanji but never tasted with cherupayir, i guess it is classy in Kerala :) Quiet authentic & comfy food :)

  9. I luv cherupayar...Luks New combo of veggies to me..Nic click

  10. Luks super delicious and yumm.Luv to try it soon.

  11. OMG, how I wish I could get some kachil here. There was a time when I used to hate kanji, but now I love it ! puzhukku is the best combo with kanji, alle?

  12. this puzhukku and kanji makes a deadly combo! aahh, im dreaming about this now..time to make it this weekend! :)

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  14. i've made a variation of this but never knew that it was called puzhukku.. looks good!

  15. first time in your thats a very healthy recipe of yam n moong dal...loved ur space....I too hav a blog on diff fish visit to follow u here :-)

  16. I like puzukku too..especially the muthira puzhukku...this looks good

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