Thatta Payir( Karamani) Kara Kulambu / Black Eyed Peas Gravy

        This dish is famous in Tamilnadu, Southern Part of India which is healthy, tangy and flavorful. This tastes divine and they are made with karamani or thatta payir or black - eyed peas in a tamarind gravy, which is a tasty rendition of tamil culture and village cuisine. When combined with rice mixed with sesame oil( gingelly oil ) makes a wonderful lunch. This dish goes well with appalam or papad or kootu or creamy spinach


           1/2 Cup of Karamani / Black eyed Beans / Cow Peas
           1 Large Red Onion, Finely Chopped
           5 - 7 Garlic Cloves    
           1/4 Tsp of Turmeric Powder

           1 Tbsp of  Vatha Kulambu Podi(Spice Powder)
           Lemon Sized Tamarind
           1/2 Tsp of Jaggery or Sugar
           Salt and water as needed

   To Temper

            1 Tbsp of Gingelly Oil (Indian Sesame Oil)
            1 Tsp of Mustard Seeds
            1 Tsp of Urad Dal
            1/4 Tsp of Fenugreek
            2 Red Chillies
            Few Curry Leaves
            Pinch Of Hing / Asafoetida



   Health Benefits of Karamani / Black eyed Beans

  • They are a source of good protein (23-32%) and dietary fiber.
  • They have low glycemic index
  • Rich source of lysine and tryptophan
  • It has minerals like K, Mg, Ca, P and Fe
  • The protein isolates are known to lower plasma cholesterol
  • Light brown, red and black - eyed varieties are rich in antioxidants.
  • The flavonoids in beans may help reduce heart disease and cancer risk.
  • Phytosterols present in the beans help reduce blood cholesterol levels.

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