Flat Beans with Besan

30 Dec

Chikkudu Kaya Senagapindi Vepudu.

Fresh flat beans are stringed and chopped into small pieces. They are then boiled in water till just cooked. Oil is tempered with couple of dals and cooked beans are added to it. Finally besan is added along with red chili powder for spice.
Makes: around 3 Servings of Chikkudu Kaya Senagapindi Vepudu.


Fresh Flat Beans 1 1/2 Cups chopped
Besan / Gram Flour 2 Tbsps
Red Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Salt to taste


Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves 10
Broken Red Chiles 3
Asafoetida a Pinch
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash thoroughly and string fresh beans.
Remove both ends and chop fresh beans into inch long pieces.

Heat 3 cups of water in a sauce pot, add flat beans and pinch of salt.
Boil till flat beans are cooked and turn soft but not mushy.
Alternatively, pressure cook with a splash of water for 2 whistles.
Strain the flat beans and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When urad dal changes color, add cooked flat beans and fry for a minute.
Then stir in besan, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
Mix well and cook on low flame till rawness of besan is gone or until a minute or two.
Serve flat beans with besan over plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure flat beans are boiled till soft before proceeding with tempering.

Suggestions:If flat beans are not soft, add few tbsps of water into the fry and cook covered on low flame till done. Adjust the amount of red chili powder for preferred spice level.
Variations: Fresh Flat Beans with Dalia, Fresh Beans with Coconut, Fresh Beans with Ginger.
Other Names: Flat Beans with Besan, Chikkudu Kaya Senagapindi Vepudu.

3 Responses to “Flat Beans with Besan”

  1. ganga108 December 31, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    What a beautiful bowl! I just love it. And the beans look so good too.

  2. lubna January 2, 2010 at 6:04 am #

    well, am also very fond of crockery, ihave these bowls in green.

  3. kavita May 31, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    very nice recipe

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