Friday, 7 September 2018

Beans - Lilva Beans Stir Fry | Beans - Hitikida Avarekaalu Palya

When it comes to the habit of healthy eating, eating more vegetables is always recommended. Being born and brought up in South India, we prefer Rice for our lunch and dinner most of the time. So, I try to include salads, veg stir fries, lentil based curries and yogurt in our daily food to make sure we won't miss the required nutrients. 
I try to mix and match the vegetables for my curries and stir fries just to make it attractive for my daughter to eat! Beans is one of those vegetables which goes well with most other vegetables to make delicious dishes. I am sharing with you all a healthy and delicious stir fry using Beans and Lilva Beans. For this recipe, you can use either fresh or frozen Lilva Beans. I have used the frozen ones here..


Preparation time: 20 - 25 minutes
Serves - 3
Difficulty level: Medium

Ingredients:
  • Fresh beans - 200 gm
  • Silva Beans / Hitikida Avarekalu (Fresh or frozen) - 1/2 cup (can add more if you like)    
  • Salt to taste
  • Amchur powder - 2/3 tsp or to taste
  • Grated coconut (optional) - 2 tbsp)

          For Seasoning:
  • Cooking oil - 2 tbsp
  • Dry red chilli - quarter piece
  • Urid dal - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing - a big pinch
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Green chilli - 1 (according to spiciness needed)
  • Curry leaves - 8 to 10 leaves


Method:
  • Wash the beans thoroughly in water, remove the stem and fibre, if any. Chop the beans into as thin roundels as possible.
  • Heat oil in a heavy pan. Add red chilli piece, urid dal, asafoetida and mustard seeds. When mustard seeds start crackling, add turmeric powder, slit green chilli and curry leaves. Saute for a minute.
  • Add the chopped beans to the seasoning and mix it well. Close the lid tightly and cook it for 5 - 6 minutes. Sauté it once in between to ensure even cooking.
  • Mix in the Lilva Beans along with the half cooked beans and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Add grated coconut, salt and amchur powder for taste. Mix everything well and cook for 5 minutes or till done. 
  • Serve this delicious stir fry as a side dish with rice.


Tips:
  • Don't add any water while cooking. Water content in the beans will be sufficient for cooking them.  

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