36 KANDHI KAAYA KOORA

Fresh Pigeon Peas Curry/Kandhi Kaaya Kura/Tuvar Lilva Masala/Toor Dhal Bean Gravy


This is the season to get fresh pigeon peas and field beans in India. In every household they usually make a variety of dishes with these beans like upma, rotti, sundal,palav or gravy. These fresh pigeon peas and field beans are also available in US in frozen packets or in dried form. Though the fresh ones tastes better, these are nothing bad when compared. You can also make the curry/gravy/koora with dried pigeon peas, first soak them overnight and next day pressure cook and add them in any dish.

In US we get these pegeon peas in frozen packets by name Tuvar Lilva.


The fresh pods with seeds and curry pictures were sent by my mom which she made recently using fresh peas called as Kandhi kaaya Koora in my language.


Fresh pigeon peas - 1 1/2 - 2 cups( or 1 frozen pack)
Onion - 1 small chopped fine
Tomato - 2 or 3 chopped fine
Small onions( pearl/shallot) - 3 or 4
Curry powder - 1 1/2 tbsp( can use sambar powder or a mix of chilli, coriander and cumin)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt as needed
Coconut - 3/4 cup
Oil - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds and Urad dhal - few


Make a coarse paste of coconut and then add the small onions and make a fine paste grinding together with little water. Keep it aside.



Pressure cook the peas by adding water just enough for immersing along with turmeric powder and chopped tomatoes and cook for 3 whistles. Remove and transfer to a cooking vessel and allow it to boil. Also add the powders, mix well and the ground paste. Reduce flame and allow it to cook together until raw smell leaves( around 10 - 12 minutes.) Also add salt.


Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dhal and curry leaves. Wait for few seconds and add chopped onions. Fry till golden brown and pour the the gravy. Switch off flame and remove. Serve with rice or roti/chapathi/paratha.

Sending this to EC's My Legume Affair event started by Susan.



36 comments/Reactions:

Malar Gandhi said...

Fresh legumes curry looks too good, spicy...

shanthi said...

The gravy looks yummy

Sushma Mallya said...

looks delicious and perfect with rice...

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Goes well with rice....Nice click

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Fantastic & healthy too.

Gulmohar said...

Sounds yumm..healthy too :-)

nivedita said...

Hi
Wishing you a very happy new year!
I got your update after long gap!

We call it Togari Kaalu in Kannada, and again it is my favorite.
Very nice pictures.
I enjoyed the post.

Pavithra said...

Thats interesting and yummy dish for chapathi this type i have never tried looks so yummy the color of the curry is inviting . Wish You Very Happy New Year Padma.

Vrinda said...

Nice curry,would lov to eat with poori...

Sarah Naveen said...

Curry looks so yummy and perfect with roti

prasu said...

curry looks delicious dear......

BangaloreBaker said...

This is one of my favorite beans. In season, I never got tired of eating avarekalu uppittu, sambar, pongal, akki rotti even though others in my house would complain. Nice picture.

kitchen queen said...

nice delicious and a healthy curry.

Nostalgia said...

Awesome! To think you went to all the trouble of cleaning it from the pod and making it fresh makes it even better.

Kavitha said...

Nice recipe da...happy to c ur mom also participating in ur blog...
@ aunty : excellent pics aunty...

munchcrunchandsuch said...

that curry looks super delicious.. wud love it with dosa, chappathi

Priya said...

Curry looks fantastic Padma, goes prefect with rotis..

kothiyavunu said...

curry looks delicious..great with rotis..:)

Mangala Bhat said...

good one! thanks!

Cham said...

That is a different recipe and tasty with fresh beans!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely curry. I love the fresh peas one back home...

Tina said...

Delicious and yummy curryyyyy.

Rahin said...

yummy ! I remember enjoying this with fresh puffed puris

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks good we don't get it here.

Prathibha said...

never attempted anything wid these beans..sounds good...

Rekha shoban said...

Healthy one...lovely curry!!

Nandini said...

Healthy curry and the masalas enhance the flavor!

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy curry...i made this today in a slightly different way.....will post it tomorrow......

Shama Nagarajan said...

please do participate in my event...do check my blog for details

suvaiyaana suvai said...

The gravy looks yummy!!!

SE said...

goes great with chapati and rice..I know this is the best season to be in India with so many beans and fresh veggies flooding the market

Faiza Ali said...

The curry looks soo yummy . Would love to eat with some rotis.

Kitchen Flavours said...

New to me...looks yummy..love to try this...

EC said...

Looks so attractive..thanks for participating

Animisha said...

hi padma,
dont know that tuvar peas are "Kandulu"
I was thinking am missing kandulu here.
Thanks for the informational recpe and post.
I love to eat them with chapathi.
I remember my granny barbeque kandulu on Boggulu or charcoal with their skin.
Now an another recipe.
You took me to my childhood days.
Animisha
www.uniqueanimisha.blogpsot.com

Padma said...

Thank you Animisha for visiting. That is true we surely miss all the dishes that grandmas used to make. Never had these burnt on charcoal, sounds very delicious.

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