Blogging Marathon# 58: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Dry Vegetable Sautes
Dish: Green Beans Masala Poriyal
Poriyal is Tamil name for fried or sauteed vegetables. In our home, anything made with a vegetable is called ‘kura’. If it is a dry curry it is called podi kura, gravy based curries don’t usually get any prefix and they are simply called kura. So it is interesting to hear the various names for curries in other languages — poriyal, thoran, palya etc etc.
The spice paste added to this curry is cooked till it is dry and crisp which gives the dish an almost parippu usili kind of texture. But this is spicier and easier to make than usili. Serve with steamed rice and dal for a complete meal. The same spice paste can be used with cluster beans (guvar, goru chikkudukaya) or green peppers. Tastes great with mor kuzhambu and Mysore rasam.
Green Beans Masala Poriyal
- 4 cups Green Beans , chopped fine
- 1 tsp Mustard seeds
- 1 tsp Chana dal Bengal gram dal /
- 1 tsp Urad dal Black gram dal /
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 red Chili Dry
- 6 ~ 10 Curry leaves
- To taste Salt
For the Spice Paste:
- 3 tbsps Chana Dal Bengal gram dal /
- 1 tbsp Urad dal Black gram dal /
- 2 tbsps Coriander seeds
- 4 chilies Dry Red
- 1/2 tsp Asafoetida
- 4 tbsps Coconut Fresh grated
- Tamarind Marble size ball
- Make the Spice Paste: Heat 2tsp oil in a pan and add chana dal, urad dal, coriander seeds, dry red chilies, asafoetida and fry till they are fragrant and turn lightly golden. Let the mixture cool and grind into a paste along with coconut and tamarind.
- Steam or microwave the beans until tender. Keep ready.
- Heat 1tbsp in a saute pan, add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds and dry red chili. Once the seeds start to splutter, add curry leaves and the ground paste. Cook on low heat, stirring frequently until the mixture is dry and crisp, about 4~5 minutes.
- Next add the cooked green beans and salt. Mix well, cover and cook for about 4~5 minutes for the flavors to meld. Serve hot with rice.