Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Parippu Curry ( Green Gram Curry)

Parippu curry or green gram curry is a common in Kerala. It is part of the traditional Sadhya recipes and is more popular in South Kerala (regions adjoining Trivandrum) where it is served as a first course with rice, ghee and papadam or papad in wedding feasts as well as Onam sadhya. It is usually made with the split variety of green gram (moong dhal). But this one is a more  homely variety; made at home by my mom, and is little greenish in color. It is made with whole green gram and is a nutritious and wholesome curry in its own right. It is also enjoyed with the same combo, rice,ghee and papadam. It is also a wonderful accompaniment with rice and chicken curry.

Green gram- 1 cup
Coconut- 1/2 coconut
Green Chilly- 2
Shallot- 2 diced
Cumin- 1/2 tsp
Fennel- 1/3 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/3 tsp
Garlic - 2
Mustard seeds 1/2 tsp
Dry Red chilly- 2
Oil - 2 tsp
Curry leaves
Salt to taste.

Dry roast the green gram till it gets a nice aroma but it should not be browned up. When it cools down a bit get this lightly crushed. ( you can use the mixer but do not powder it)
Soak it in water for a minute or two and drain out. By this process a little of the husk will be washed off but we need to retain little as it will give us a beautiful greenish yellow color. Pressure cook it till soft and can be easily mashed up.
Grind the coconut, cumin and fennel into a fine paste. Crush green chilly,and garlic and mix it to the paste and add into the cooked green gram with 1/2 cup of water and bring this to a slight boil or till the edges slightly bubble.
In a pan heat oil and crackle mustard seeds,fry shallots, red chilly and curry leaves and pour it over the curry. Serve hot.

(Note: The traditional sadhya parippu is made with split moong dal. It is almost the same recipe without garlic fennel and the tempering. You follow the same procedure and finally add fresh curry leaves and drizzle coconut oil on top. It is served in sadhya along with ghee and pappadam. Will update this post later with Sadhya katti parippu curry)

This is a very easy recipe...

Hope you will all enjoy!!!


  1. Healthy, comforting and delicious curry

  2. Thanks Ann..this is a super simple curry..

  3. Excellent- tasted just like the curry we have at home. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Glad you liked it Bhavana and thanks a ton for the feedback.
    I too love this curry,a comfort home style version, I am yet to try the sadhya style parippu curry.
    Hope you will find other interesting recipes here,do visit again:)


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