Thattaipayir Sundal

Thattaipayir Sundal – Thattai payir is also called as Karamani and Cowpea in English. Thatta payaru sundal is made on the festival days. It is an easy and simple recipe. Making sundal is a healthy evening snack for all age groups. Karamani sundal tastes good when prepared with dried form of cowpeas. Health benefits include the reduction of plasma cholesterol levels, rich in antioxidants, good for diabetic patients and also it is low in fat and calories. Let’s try it, it’s very tasteful!

Thattaipayir Sundal

Ingredients of Thattaipayir Sundal:

  • Dried cow peas -1 cup
  • Shallots/onion (Finely chopped) – 1 handfull
  • Curry leaves -1 stick
  • Dry & green chillies -5
  • Grated coconut -1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves -2 tsp
  • Salt as required

To temper:

  • Oil -2 tbsp
  • Mustard -1/4 tsp
  • Channa dal -1 tsp
  • Split urad dal -1/4 tsp

Method of Preparation of Thattaipayir Sundal:

  1. Wash the cowpeas, transfer to a pressure pan and add 3-4 cups of water.
  2. Then pressure cook cowpeas for about 6 whistles and check whether the cowpeas are cooked soft. If not leave for another 1 or 2 whistles.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and add the ingredients to temper, followed by chopped onions, chillies, curry leaves and saute for a while.
  4. Add the cooked cowpeas, salt and cook in medium flame till the aroma of tempering spreads evenly.
  5. Finally add in grated coconut and chopped coriander leaves and serve hot in plates.


  • Cooking of cowpeas does not require pre-soaking.
  • Do not add salt while cooking in pressure cooker.
  • Take care to add required water depending on the variety of cow pea you use, as cooking module varies for each variety.
  • Cook the cow peas in the way you do not drain out too much of water to retain the nutrients. I used 3 cups of water and did nor drain even a drop out of it.