This recipe using Pacha payar (known as pesara pappu in Telugu and payatham paruppu in Tamil) and coconut is something mom used to make as an accompaniment to breakfast. We used to eat it as is mostly and my dad loves it!
Its ridiculously simple to make and though I call it thoran, it uses just 3-4 ingredients and doesn’t follow the usual recipe for thoran. Its also very healthy since it uses very little oil and no spices.
Pacha payar/green gram – 1 cup
Freshly grated coconut – 1/3 cup (adjust according to taste)
Dried red chillies – 3-4
Oil (I use coconut oil) – 2 tsp
Salt – to taste
How I Made It:
1. Pressure cook the green gram till well done (3-4 whistles).
2. Heat oil in a pan, break the chillies into 2-3 pieces and fry lightly in it. Take care not to burn it.
3. Now add the coconut and fry for about 15 seconds.
4. Finally add the green gram with some salt and stir in well.
Does it get any easier than this?