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Beans with Fenugreek Leaves

5 Nov

Beans with Fenugreek Leaves.

Fresh 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 along with fenugreek leaves. Finally lentil powder is added to the beans for texture and taste. Serve beans with fenugreek leaves with steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Beans with Fenugreek Leaves.


Fresh Flat Beans 1 1/2 Cups chopped
Fenugreek Leaves 1/2 Cup
Toor Dal 1 Tbsp
Coriander Seeds 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
Broken Dried Red Chiles 3 – 4
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 toor dal and roast till aromatic or until dal changes to golden brown in color.
Add the coriander seeds and remove from heat.
Cool the mixture to room temperature before grinding.
Grind toor dal mixture 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 fenugreek leaves.
Fry for a minute or until fenugreek leaves wilt, stir in cooked beans.
Fry again till beans starts to brown around the edges, then stir in ground toor dal powder, red chilli powder and salt.
Mix well and cook on low flame for a minute or two.
Remove from heat and serve beans with fenugreek leaves 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: Add chopped tomato pieces just before removing the beans from heat.
Other Names: Beans with Fenugreek Leaves, Chikkudukaya Kura.