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Friday, August 24, 2007

French Beans Poditooval (dry bhaji)

Sorry for the long long gap from blogging.....My dad is here and iam very very busy spending time with him.

In the limited time i got for blogging my dishes... I present here a poditooval recipe again.Its fresh beans poditooval (dry bhaji). This is a dish i used to hate as a child,i used to literally even pick it out of my pulav and keep it aside.....what an aversion......hmm.... but then i dunno as I grew up I somehow got a fondness towards this vegetable.As they say time changes everything.... so did it change my attitude towards this vegetable.
French beans is very good for health and very nutritious. I like this dish a lot coz it needs the beans to be lightly steamed hence the beans doesnt get over cooked and stays crunchy and full of nutrients.And the taste....wow... u get the real taste of french beans sans masala....
To make this you will need :
French beans - 1 pound
Dried red chillies - 2
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dhal - 1tsp
Salt to taste
Hing - a pinch
Curry leaves few
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Grated coconut

Method :
Wash the beans well, cut the beans in small pieces and keep them aside.
In a pan, pour some oil and add the mustard seeds, Red chillies and the urad dhal. Let the dhal become red and the mustard seeds splutter.Now add in the curry leaves.
Put the cut beans in, mix well and cook covered for 10 mins. Once the beans is cooked slightly add the salt and turmeric. Cover and let it cook well. Once the bhaji is ready garnish it with fresh grated coconut.

Your poditooval is ready. Serve it as a side for steamed rice and any gravy. Enjoy!

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