Thursday, October 15, 2015

Green Beans Paruppusili

This is a simple South Indian side dish that is every mom's dream- combines veggies and protein (paruppu- lentils).  It's basically cooked green beans combined with a lentil "crumble". If your family loves green beans and you're not inclined to make a separate dal or protein dish, this work great with rasam or kozhambu served with rice.


-  1 pound of chopped green beans. Fresh is best, stay away from frozen.
-  1/3 cup toor+moong dal soaked.
-  2 dried red chillies
-  1 tbsp grated fresh coconut (optional)
-  1/2 tsp cumin or curry powder
-  a pinch of hing
-   tadka- urad dal, mustard seeds and curry leaves


-  Let the dal soak in water for an hour.
-  Grind it up coarsely with red chillies and a bit of salt and the hing
-  Add a tablespoon oil to a hot skillet and cook the green beans till al dente. Add the ground up dal mixture and let it continue to cook to completion.
-  Season with a bit of salt and grated coconut as desired.
-  Tadka with appropriate ingredients and mix.

A very similar preparation can also be used with cabbage, broccoli.

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