Monday, June 30, 2008

Guvar(Cluster Beans)Curry

I have noticed that many people don't like cluster beans. Preparing its curry in the style mentioned below, almost nullifies the weird taste that guvar gives in curries made using it the normal way. Being one of the important sources of proteins, it could be included atleast once in a while in our diet, to substitute the normal beans. The first time I had this dish was at my sister's place, where, the cook had prepared it along with rotis for our meal. We all loved it...

Time taken: 20-25 minutes
Serves 2 people.
Ingredients Used:
1/2 a kg cluster beans
1 medium sized onion
1 medium sized tomato
4-5 cloves of garlic
2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
a sprinkle of turmeric
1/2 tsp coriander powder
a pinch of garam masala(optional)
Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:
Destring the cluster beans and cut them into small pieces. In a cooker, take 2 tsp oil and warm it. Crackle cumin and mustard seeds in the oil and add finely chopped onion and garlic. When they turn pink, add the powders(except garam masala) mentioned above and stir for a few seconds. Then, add finely chopped tomato and let it form a gravy sort of a mix. Finally, toss in washed and chopped cluster beans, 1/10 cup water and pressure cook(till 1 whistle) with required amount of salt and a pinch of garam masala if you wish. Wait for the cooker to cool down and savour with hot hot rotis.

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Pappu(Telugu style dal)

Pappu means dal or lentil in telugu language. This curry is very aromatic and tastes wonderful with rice. Goes well with roti or Indian bread. You could prepare this curry with or without green leafy vegetables like spinach/dill/. My friend Avani who hails from Hyderabad taught me how to prepare it. The very look at this dish makes you feel like you're eating something nutritious.

Time Taken: 25-30 minutes
Serves about 4 people.
Ingredients Used:
4 handfuls of tuvar dal
a small handful of chana dal(optional)
1 bunch of spinach /or a little bit of dill and/or any other greens you use(optional)
1 medium sized tomato.
4-5 spicy green chillies
1 medium sized onion
one big garlic pod
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp oil/ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp of jeera/cumin seeds
1-2 dry red chillies
3/4 tsp tamarind concentrate/paste.
Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:
Wash both the dals in a pressure cooker container and add chopped onion, half the garlic quantity mentioned (thinly cut) and finely chopped leafy veggies, tomatoes and green chillies in it. Add the turmeric powder and enough water to soak the ingredients. Take 1 cup water in the cooker and place the container in it. Close the lid and pressure cook the dal well. While the cooker cools down, take a cooking pot and warm up some oil/ghee(whichever you prefer). Sputter mustard seeds and cumin in it. Add red chillies and stir for a few seconds until they turn dark red/brownish. Then, grate the remaining peeled garlic into it. Stir it a couple of times until it turns pinkish. Next, add the cooked dal mix to this along with some salt. Boil well for 5 minutes. Add tamarind as per your requirement and cook for another couple of minutes. Tasty Dal is all yours now!!

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