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 along with grated ginger. Finally tomatoes are stirred in along with few ground spices.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Chikkudukaya Tomato Kura.
Fresh Flat Beans 1 1/2 Cups chopped
Tomato 1 Large
Green Chiles 2
Ginger 1 Inch Piece
Coriander Powder 1 tsp
Cumin Powder 1/2 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
Oil 2 tsps
Method of preparation:
Wash thoroughly and string fresh beans.
Remove both ends and chop fresh beans into inch long pieces.
Wash and chop the tomato.
Remove stems, wash and finely chop the green chiles.
Peel, wash and grate the ginger.
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 green chiles, ginger and cooked flat beans.
Stir fry for a minute, add coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and salt.
Mix well, stir in tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are soft.
Serve flat beans tomato curry with plain steamed rice and dollop of ghee.
Notes: Make sure flat beans are soft before proceeding with tempering.
Suggestions: If flat beans are not soft, add few tbsps of water to the curry and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: Add half a tsp of red chile powder for extra spice. You can also add few pinches of garam masala for heat.
Other Names: Chikkudukaya Tomato Kura, Flat Beans Tomato Curry.