Cherupayar Thoran (green Gram Stir Fry With Coconut)

A simple preparation of green gram that we prepare on Good Friday to break our fast. This stir fry is had with rice gruel, curd and chutney. Since the chutney and this stir fry share common ingredients, it makes it easy to cook on Good Friday and we try to keep the meal simple. Unlike the normal stir fry this version is non spicy with the addition of the grated coconut. Mostly churches in Kerala serve this on the afternoon of Good Friday to their parishioners who fast the whole day.

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Preparation Time: 
25 Mins
Cooking Time: 
20 mins


Green gram-2 cups
Grated Coconut- 1 cup
Shallots- 10
Garlic- 5 cloves
Turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
Green Chilies-4
Curry leaves- 1 sprig
Salt- to taste
Coconut oil- 3 tsp
Soak the green gram overnight. Pressure-cook the green gram with 2 cups of water, up to 3 whistles.
Heat oil in a wok and add the curry leaves. Add the minced shallots and garlic after this and saute till they brown.
Add salt and slit green chilies followed by turmeric powder. Saute for 2-3 minutes and add the cooked gram.
Let the gram cook with these ingredients for 5- 10 minutes over low flame with a lid on the wok.
When the gram has cooked sufficiently and absorbed the spices, add the grated coconut. Stir fry the gram after this.
It should be dry free of any gravy before serving so if the curry is watery raise flame to dry the stir fry.
Take the stir fry of the flame after 5 minutes from adding the coconut if the gravy has evaporated. Serve with rice or kanji.