Coconut Healthy Recipes Kerala Kerala Thoran Moong dal Vegetarian

Moong Bean- Payar Thoran, With Coconut, Kerala Vegetarian Recipe

Moong bean & coconut when cooked together, turns out delish…

Moong bean or payar thoran is a traditional Kerala vegetarian dish. It’s a dry stir-fry made with moong beans and coconut, along with a tempering. This dish is known for its simplicity, nutritional value, and delicious flavour.

This  thoran is either enjoyed with rice or with puttu-steamed rice cake.

Moong Bean- Payar Thoran, With Coconut, Kerala Recipe
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 People
  • Moong bean or payar- 1 cup, rinsed
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Salt- 1 tsp
To grind
  • Grated coconut- 1 cup
  • Garlic- 2 cloves
  • Green chili, halved- 1 or 2
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Water- ½ cup
  • For making tempering
  • Coconut oil- 1½ tbsp
  • Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
  • Dried red chilies, halved- 2
  • Curry leaves- 8 leaves
  1. Take the moong bean in a strainer, rinse under running water.
  2. I pressure cooked the moong bean in my Instant Pot.
  3. Add the rinsed moong bean to the stainless steel pot, add 2 cups water & salt, combine well.
  4. Close with the lid, pressure cook for 25 minutes at high pressure.
  5. After 25 minutes, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes & then do a quick pressure release.
  6. The moong bean will be cooked perfectly.
  7. To a blender jar, add all the above mentioned ingredients 'to grind', grind to a coarse paste.
  8. Add the ground coconut paste to the cooked moong bean, combine well.
  9. On the Instant Pot, select saute setting at medium temperature.
  10. Cook for a few minutes, add salt to taste.
  11. Take the stainless steel pot out of the main pot & keep it covered.
  12. Place a small frying pan over medium heat, add coconut oil.
  13. Let turn hot, add mustard seeds, let splutter.
  14. Add dried red chilies & curry leaves, fry for a few seconds.
  15. Pour the tempering over the moong bean thoran & keep it covered for sometime.
  16. This can be enjoyed as a side dish with rice or with Kerala puttu.



Thas is the author of Cooking with Thas, a popular food blog with recipes from Indian, American and Fusion Cuisines. She has been blogging since 2009 and been featured in several magazines. Read more...