Red chawli stir fry/Vanpayar ularthiyathu/red cowpeas stir fry

Red cowpeas are low in calories, which makes it ideal for those on weight loss journey. Soluble fiber in cowpeas makes it perfect for diabetic patients’, which helps in absorption of extra sugar content in blood.


Vanpayar – 1 cup
Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
Onion, sliced- 1 no
Garlic, crushed – 4 cloves
Chilli powder- 1 tsp
Pepper powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder – a pinch
Salt as needed


Wash and soak red chawli overnight. In a pressure cooker, add chawli, water and salt as required. Cook for 2-3 whistles and switch off the stove. When the pressure is released, open the cooker. Set this aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Allow mustard seeds to splutter. Add onion and crushed garlic. When onion turns brown, lower the flame, add chilli powder, pepper powder, and turmeric powder. When the raw smell of powder leaves, add cooked chawli along with its cooked water. Cook till all the water is dried out. Serve hot with rice or chapati.

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