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Fresh Beans with Poppy Seeds

23 Feb

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Chikkudukaya Gasagasala Vepudu.

Fresh beans are cooked in oil along with whole spices and onion. Poppy seeds are soaked for a good amount of time and ground into paste. The poppy seeds paste is added to the beans and briefly cooked. Serve beans with poppy seeds over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Makes: around 4 Servings of Fresh Beans with Poppy Seeds.

Ingredients:

Fresh Beans 2 Cups Sliced
Onion 1 Large
Ginger 1/2 inch Piece
Poppy Seeds 2 Tbsps
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Salt to Taste

Talimpu:

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 Tbsps

Method of preparation:

Soak poppy seeds in little bit of warm water for around 3 – 4 hours.
Peel and roughly chop ginger.
Grind poppy seeds, ginger and salt into smooth paste adding least amount of water.
Wash, string the beans and halve them.
Peel and halve the onion.
Horizontally halve the halved onion and vertically slice it.

Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds start spluttering, add sliced onion.
Fry till onion turns translucent, add sliced beans and green chiles.
Fry on medium flame till beans change color and onion is brown.
Once beans are cooked, add poppy seeds paste and salt (if necessary).
Cook on low flame for couple of minutes and remove from heat.
Serve beans with poppy seeds over plain steamed rice or with roti.
Notes: Make sure to soak poppy seeds well before grinding.

Suggestions: If fresh beans are not cooked well, put it back on heat, add a splash of water and cook covered on low flame till done.
Variations: You can also grind the green chiles with poppy seeds if desired.
Other Names: Fresh Beans with Poppy Seeds, Chikkudukaya Gasagasala Vepudu.