Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Radish(Daikon) Beans Stir Fry | Mulangi Beans Palya

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Just like every year, our summer veggie patch is on full bloom this year too. When there are so much home grown veggies, its very hard to choose the veggies for your cooking, when you don't want anything go waste! We are making a good use of home grown veggies in our daily cooking, sharing some with friends and also, preserving some in the freezer for the winter months. 

A few of our white radish plants grew up taller, they didn't produce any bulbs, but we could see big bunches of radish beans on the plant. Then, I got to know from one of my friends that, radish beans are good for cooking curries and stir fries. I tried my hands on making 2 - 3 varieties of stir fry (Palya), and here is the one which was liked by all..

  • Preparation time: 25 - 30 minutes
  • Difficulty level: Medium
  • Serves - 5


  • Radish / Muli beans - about 3 cups
  • Salt - to taste
  • Sugar - 1 tsp
  • Amchur powder - 3/4 tsp

 - For Seasoning: cooking oil - 3 tbsp, Urid dal - 1 tsp, Mustard seeds - 1 tsp, Turmeric - a pinch 

 - For the Masala Powder: 

  • Cooking oil - 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
  • Clove - 1
  • Dry red chillies - 3
  • Chana dal (split chana) - 3 tbsp
  • Urid dal - 1 tsp
  • Methi seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Hing / asafoetida - a pinch
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp 
  • Dry grated coconut / Shredded coconut - 3 to 4 tbsp

Recipe Instructions:

  • Wash the beans in water, take off the stem and the pointy ends of the beans. Chop them roughly or just break each of them into 2 - 3 pieces using your hand. I had around 2 cups of chopped beans after cleaning and taking off the stem and pointy ends.
  • Next step is to prepare the Masala powder; Heat 2 tsp of oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add cinnamon piece, red chilli pieces and split chana dal, toast them for 1 - 2 minutes. Then add urid dal, methi seeds and clove. Stir it for half a minute and add coriander seeds, cumin seeds, mustard seeds and a pinch of hing. Toast them all till the mustard seeds start crackling. Finally add 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and turn off the flame. 
  • Transfer the toasted spices into the mixie jar after they cool down a bit. Run the mixie a few times on whip / pulse mode to make a course powder. Let it be like semolina, not too course. Add the shredded coconut at the end and pulse it for a few more seconds to make everything evenly course. 
  • Heat 3 tbsp of oil in the sam heavy bottom pan for the seasoning. Add urid dal, mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds start crackling, add a pinch of turmeric powder and chopped radish beans. Give it a good mix and sauté the mixture for 2 minutes. Then, close the lid and allow it to cook on medium flame. 
  • When the mixture is half - way cooked, add salt to taste, 1 tsp sugar and 3/4 tsp of amchur powder. Combine it well, and close the lid to cook further. Keep mixing it every few minutes. No need to add any extra water, as the water content in the beans would be sufficient to cook them. 
  • It would take around 12 - 15 minutes to cook the beans mixture. Once its cooked well, add the prepared masala powder and combine everything well Cook it for 2 - 3 minutes more and turn off the flame.
  • Serve this tasty Palya along with rice or chapathi!

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Savatekayi Hashi | Cucumber Raita

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Cucumber is one of those vegetables which is widely used in Indian cooking. Its summer here, and we are making a good use of cucumbers. My cooking style goes more towards my native style food when its summer; we enjoy preparing and eating native style curries like Hashi, Tambli, etc which are mainly yogurt based. But when the winter starts, we prefer more of soups, chapathi and curries.

Hashi or Saasive is a yogurt and coconut based curry which is a good combination with rice. We Havyakas can prepare Hashi or Saasive using almost every variety of vegetables and edible leaves.  

Today, I am going to share the recipe of Savatekayi Hashi (Sasive) with you all. When we were school age kids, we cousins were all very keen to watch how Amma / Aunty / Grandma chop the cucumber so finely using 'Ilige mane' or coconut scraper. We all loved that aroma which comes when the cucumber is chopped finely. And, we used to wait for that small leftover pieces of cucumber which they give at the end!

Below is the recipe of Soutekayi (Savatekayi) Hashi for you all..

  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Serves - 5
  • Difficulty level: Medium


  • Finely chopped cucumber - 1 cup (see Tips)
  • Fresh grated coconut (or frozen) - 1 to 1 1/4 cup
  • Fresh curd - 1 1/2 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - about 1 cup (approx)

For Seasoning: Cooking oil - 2 1/2 tsp, Dried red chilli - 2 small pieces, Urid dal - 1 tsp, Till seeds - 1 tsp, Sesame seeds - 1 tsp, Asafoetida (hing) - a pinch, green chilly - 1

Recipe Instructions:

  • Grind the grated coconut into a thick, fine paste by adding around half a cup of water. Transfer it into a bowl.
  • Cut the green chillies and keep it ready for seasoning.
  • Heat a thick bottom pan for seasoning. To this, add around 2.5 tea spoon of oil. Once its heated, add red chilli pieces and 1 tsp urid dal. Saute it for half a minute and add 1 tsp till seeds, 1 tsp sesame seeds followed by a pinch of hing. 
  • When the sesame seeds start crackling, add the green chilly pieces and sauté it for 1 - 2 minutes and turn off the flame. To this seasoning, add the finely chopped cucumber when the pan is still hot. Mix it once, and transfer this mixture into bowl where we kept the coconut paste. 
  • Crush the chilli pieces using a spoon or using your fingertips (if its not too hot). Add 1.5 cups of curd, 1/2 tsp sugar and salt to taste. 
  • Mix everything well, check and adjust the taste. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a few spoons of water to adjust the consistency. 
  • Enjoy this Hashi along with rice and pickle.


  • If you are using the young cucumbers no need to take off the peel while chopping.
  • Fully grown cucumbers are not good for this recipe. I normally use lebanese cucumbers for this. 
  • Pull chopper comes in very handy to chop the cucumber finely.
  • Some varieties of cucumbers comes with a bitter taste. Hence, make sure to taste a small piece before you proceed with the preparation. 
  • For that authentic taste, I prefer using coconut oil for the seasoning.

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