Payaru Mulakushyan recipe | Yard long beans curry kerala style for rice

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Kerala style recipe with the yard long beans is Payaru Mulakushyam, sometimes also called as moloshyam is a very traditional recipe followed at my home for years. this delightful curry featuring yard-long beans infused with the rich flavors of coconut and traditional spices. This recipe, rooted in Kerala’s culinary heritage, transforms simple ingredients into a delectable dish that pairs perfectly with steamed rice and mezhukkupuratti. Let’s dive into the steps of creating this aromatic and flavorful Payaru Mulakushyam.

Video recipe:



For Dal Mixture:

  • 1/2 cup tur dal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2-3 small cubes of asafoetida (hing)

For Vegetable Mix:

  • 2 cups yard-long beans (cut into 1-inch pieces)

For Coconut Paste:

  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 4 shallots
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sambar powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • Salt to taste

For Tempering:

  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 8-10 small onions (sliced)
  • A pinch of salt


  1. Prepare Dal Mixture: Rinse 1/2 cup of tur dal and place it in a pressure cooker. Add 1 cup water, 1 tomato, 1 green chilli, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, and 2-3 small cubes of asafoetida. Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Once the pressure settles, open and mash the contents well.
  2. Add Yard-Long Beans: Into the same pressure cooker, add 2 cups of yard-long beans (cut into 1-inch pieces).
  3. Prepare Coconut Paste: In a separate mixer, combine 1/4 cup coconut, 4 shallots, 1 green chilli, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp sambar powder, and 1 tsp red chilli powder. Grind to a fine paste, adding water as needed. Add 1 tsp of salt to the paste and mix well.
  4. Pressure Cook Again: Add the coconut paste to the pressure cooker with the beans. Mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  5. Tempering: In a tadka pan, heat 1 tsp coconut oil. Add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds, 1 sprig of curry leaves, and 8-10 sliced small onions. Sprinkle a pinch of salt. Fry until the onions turn reddish, and then add the tempering to the curry. Mix well.
  6. Serve: Payaru Mulakushyam is now ready to be served hot. Pair it with steamed rice and mezhukkupuratti for an authentic Kerala meal.

The Payaru Mulakushyam brings the authentic taste of Kerala to your dining table. With the goodness of yard-long beans, coconut, and traditional spices, this curry is a delightful addition to your repertoire of Kerala-style recipes. Enjoy the rich flavors and aromatic spices of this dish, making it a perfect complement to a comforting bowl of steamed rice.

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