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Monday, 16 September 2019

Vellarikka - Vanpayar / Yellow Cucumber - Red Beans Thoran


1/2  cup vanpayar / red beans
250 gm vellarikka / yellow cucumber
1 cup grated coconut
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp turmeric powder
a pinch of cumin seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
3 dry red chillies
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
salt to taste
1 tbsp oil

  1. Soak the vanpayar in water overnight and pressure cook it adding enough water and salt. Drain the water and keep it aside.  
  2. Peel  and cut the vellarikka into small cubes and keep it aside.
  3. Crush together grated coconut, garlic, turmeric powder, 1 dry red chilli and cumin seeds and keep it aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and splutter mustard seeds. Add 2 dry red chillies and  curry leaves and fry.
  5. Add chopped vellarikka and salt, mix well and cook covered in low flame, stirring occasionally. 
  6. Add crushed coconut mixture to this and mix well.
  7. Then add cooked vanpayar and cook covered for 2-3 minutes on low flame till all the water dries up.
  8. Remove from flame and serve with rice... 


  1. Hi
    Nice recipe. Where do u buy these yellow cucumbers in melb??
    Would b of gr8 help!!

    1. Thank you..I got it from MKS Dandenong few months ago..I bought 3 on that day and prepared some dishes, but I haven’t seen anymore since then....


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