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Flat Beans with Lentil Powder

1 Aug

Chikkudu Kaya Kura.

Fresh flat beans are stringed and chopped into small pieces. They are then boiled in water till just cooked. Oil is tempered with spices and boiled flat beans are added to oil. Finally roasted lentil powder is added to the beans for taste. Serve flat beans with lentil powder with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Flat Beans with Lentil Powder.


Fresh Flat Beans 1 1/2 Cups chopped
Dalia 1 tsp
Chana Dal 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Garlic 2 Cloves
Salt to taste


Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Urad Dal 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida a Big Pinch
Curry Leaves 5
Oil 2 tsps

Method of preparation:

Wash thoroughly and string the fresh flat beans.
Remove both ends and chop flat beans into around inch long pieces.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan on low heat.
Add chana dal and roast till aromatic or until dal changes to golden brown in color.
Grind chana dal and dalia into fine powder using spice blender.
Peel and lightly crush the garlic cloves.

Heat few cups of water in a sauce pot, add flat beans and few pinches of salt.
Boil till flat beans are cooked and turn soft but whole.
Alternatively, pressure cook with few splashes of water for 2 whistles.
Strain the flat beans and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order and then the garlic cloves.
When urad dal changes color, add cooked flat beans and fry for a minute or two.
Then stir in ground lentil powder, red chilli powder and salt.
Mix well and cook on low flame for a minute or two.
Remove from heat and serve flat beans with lentil powder over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure flat beans are boiled well.

Suggestions: If flat beans are not soft, add few tbsps of water and cook covered on low flame till done. Adjust the amount of red chili powder for preferred spice level.
Variations: Check other recipes like Fresh Flat Beans with DaliaFresh Beans with CoconutFresh Beans with Ginger.
Other Names: Flat Beans with Lentil Powder, Chikkudukaya Kura.