Curries/ Recipes/ Vegetarian

French Beans Palya


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My Mom grew up in Udupi and she learnt to make this dish from one of her neighbors.  As French beans is one of my favorite vegetables, I make this dish pretty often.  It goes very well with white rice and daal or with rotis too.

Ingredients

  • French beans - 1 lb, chopped
  • Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
  • Roasted red chillies - 8 (more or less depending on your taste)
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Tamarind paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Seasoning:-
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad daal (black gram) - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp

Instructions

1

Blend grated coconut, roasted red chillies, cilantro, mustard seeds and tamarind paste till smooth.  Set this 'masala' aside.

2

Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard seeds.  When mustard seeds splutter, add the urad daal and fry till the daal turns slightly red.

3

Put in the blended masala and the turmeric powder and saute for about 3-4 mins.

4

Add the chopped French beans and salt to taste and mix well.

5

Cover and cook on medium flame till done.

6

Serve hot with white rice and daal or rotis.

Note:

  • My mom adds a little water when she’s cooking the beans.   She rinses the blender with water after adding the masala to the pan and adds the water to the dish.  This cooks the beans faster, but I feel that when you add salt while cooking, it does ooze a little water and you can cook the beans in this.  This way you don’t need to add any additional water.
  • This dish can also be prepared with other vegetables such as Ivy Gourd (Tindora), Okra (Bhindi), Chinese potatoes (kooka), Long Beans (Alsande) etc.

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