If I don't use up all that bounty we picked up at the PYO farm, I'm gonna be in deep shit. While I was going berserk picking this and that from the farm, Ro kept asking me "are you sure you know what to do with this?" "Do you need so much beans?" and then a threatening one "If I see these rotting in the fridge or being thrown out..." I didn't let him complete the sentence as usual :)
I didn't want to make my usual stir fry and so with a bit of googling I chanced upon this beautiful blog Akshayapaatram and a beans' recipe that looked so damn pretty. Yes, I totally decide how good a dish is based on the pictures. So I went about making it and I think hence forth I shall make my beans only this way. We totally loved it.
French beans- 3 cups, chopped
Mung dal- 1/4 cup, washed
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Dried red chillies- 2
Curry leaves- a sprig
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Green chillies- 2, slit
Salt- to taste
Cook the mung dal in a sauce pan with just enough boiling water. The dal should still be firm and not mashed.
Heat oil in a large wok and throw in the mustard and cumin seeds.
Wait for it to splutter and add the dried red chillies and curry leaves. Stir for a few seconds.
Throw in the chopped beans followed by cooked mung beans, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt. Stir well to combine it together.
Cover and cook, stirring in between to prevent the beans from sticking to the pan.
If you feel there isn't enough water, then add about a tea spoon of water and continue to cook.
Once the beans have been cooked through, do a taste check, add enough salt if required, give a final stir and take it off the heat.
Serve hot with some roti or rice.
I wanted to add some shredded coconut as well towards the end, but completely forgot. Thoroughly optional though
Adding green chillies is optional, i kinda like a bit of heat. The husband complained though