Kerala Cherupayar Curry is a popular dish in Kerala Cuisine, very tasty and even branded as a comfort dish. Of all Malayalee vegetarian curry dishes, I brand this dish as the most easiest of dishes with the minimum of ingredients. This cherupayar curry is prepared from whole green gram or moong dal which is termed ‘cherupayar’ in Malayalam. Cherupayar is a plant species in the legume family and widely cultivated in Southeast Asia, East Asia and in the Indian subcontinent. You can spot green gram as the basic and main ingredient in many sweet and savoury dishes in Indian Cuisine. There are thirteen known health benefits of green gram. These legumes are small in size, round and olive green in color. They are mildly sweet in flavor. Green gram is also very economical and can be afforded by all.
Cherupayar is one of the healthiest forms of plant protein and you can discover these in different forms like whole, split, de-husked(yellow) and ground. All these different forms of the legume aid in the preparation of a variety of lip smacking dishes in Indian Cuisine, some hot, some sweet, some tangy and so on. In India, the legume is suggested for those suffering from digestive related disorders. In Kerala, among the elderly you will find ‘Cherupayar with Kanji’ as a much desired dish especially at night time. Kids are usually fed with sweetened cooked cherupayar as an evening snack which comes in different forms like sukhiyan etc.
Green gram is a nutrient rich food, rich in protein and other vital nutrients required for body. This vegetarian superfood is packed with amazing nutrients. It improves heart health and prevents diabetes too. The legume improves digestive health and boosts blood circulation too. Moong dal also aids in weight loss. While consuming cherupayar at night, make sure that you got 2 to 3 hours before you go to sleep because dal takes some time to digest. If you go straight to bed, you will feel uncomfortable with your tummy. Better to avoid such nuances especially during night time.
Green gram is also sprouted and added to salads which is very nutritious and healthy. You can also consume sprouted green gram as such. Sprouted green gram can be added to noodles and can be used for adding to dosa batter for preparing ‘pesarattu’. There are a lot many variety dishes in Indian Cuisine with sprouted legumes. Green Gram Curry is a tasty and delicious curry dish that requires just a few ingredients and can be prepared in a jiffy when time is short and you want to enjoy something wholesome and healthy. Kerala Cherupayar Curry goes well with puttu, appam and can also be enjoyed well with roti or chappathi as well. You can enjoy a well detailed Green Gram Curry dish here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the dish with your family.