Payaru Thoren

Payaru Thoran

Also known as Cheru Payar, Green Dhal, Green Lentil, Green Gram
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


  • 1 cup of green lentils, soak in water for 4 -6 hours
  • 1-2 tablespoons of any oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut, grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 2 green chilis, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 2 stalks of curry leaves *
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon urad dhal
  • 2 whole red chilis


  • Cook the Dhal in a pot with water (a little more than to cover the Dhal) until tender.**
  • Add 1/2 tsp of salt in the water.
  • In a frying pan, add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan.
  • Add mustard seed when the oil is hot.
  • When the mustard seeds start to pop, add the cumin seed and urad dhal.
  • Stir for 30 seconds.
  • Add ginger, onions, and green chilis.
  • Mix well until the onions are lightly browned.
  • Add garlic, whole red chilis, turmeric, black pepper, and salt to taste.
  • Add grated coconut and curry leaves mix well for about 1 minute.
  • Add the seasoning to the cooked dhal and mix well.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Cover the pan and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • If the mixture looks dry, add 1/4 cup of water.
  • Stir well to avoid sticking to the bottom.
  • Taste and add salt if needed.
  • Turn off heat.
  • Payaru Thoran is ready to serve. Enjoy!



This dish goes well with Nan, Chapatti, Rice, Kanji, etc.
All the spices can be adjusted to your taste.
*Curry leaves are optional.
**You can cook the Dhal in a pressure cooker. It will take less time than cooking over the stove. One whistle may be good enough - depending on the cooker - turn off the stove and wait until the steam dissipates.
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Keyword vegetarian

1 Comment

  1. Sera

    5 stars
    A Good Friday Tradition
    It turned out great, and also followed Aunty’s Moru recipe too. Thank you so much for taking the time and effort
    For Easter will be making appam and your chicken stew


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