Thursday, December 31, 2009

Green beans & Butter beans - Kerala style Curry in Coconut gravy.

Today for lunch, I cooked this "Beans-Combination" curry in Kerala style. Mixing fresh green beans with butter beans in coconut gravy made delicious wholesome Curry.

  • 2 1/2 Cup fresh cut Green beans - cut into 2 inch long pieces.
  • 1 Can of butter beans (14 Oz) - rinsed thoroughly under running water.
  • 1 Cup - finely chopped onions.
  • 1 Cup fresh grated coconut.
  • 1 Tb.spoon corriander seeds - make fine powder.
  • 1 T.spoon Jeera powder - make fine powder.
  • 1 Tb.spoon red chili powder. ( reduce quantity for less heat)
  • 1/2 T.spoon turmeric powder.
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro - finely chopped.
  • 1 Tb.spoon cooking oil.
  • 1 T.spoon mustard seeds.
  • 12-15 curry leaves.
  • 1 T.spoon coconut oil - (optional)
Preparing coconut paste
  • Add fresh grated coconut with one cup warm water and red chili powder in a blender jar. Grind to fine paste. ( My blender jar is small so I made coconut paste in two batches..first batch I added half cup coconut and in next batch added remaining coconut with chili powder..this is the reason you see two types of pastes in the picture)

Method of Cooking :-
  1. Heat 1 Tb.spoon cooking oil in heavy gauge pot. Add 1 tspoon mustard seeds, wait for few seconds till mustard seeds sizzle and splutter, quickly add chopped onions. Saute until onions turn soft and translucent - 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add green beans, corriander, jeera powder, turmeric, little salt, 6-7 curry leaves - Mix all well and add half cup water. Let it cook on medium heat with covered lid for 7-8 minutes. Keep stirring at regular interval. You may add little more water if beans get too dry.
  3. Add ground coconut+red chili powder paste. Mix well and let it cook for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  4. Add rinsed butter beans and gently mix all well. Add remaining curry leaves, adjust salt and heat level......also add little water as per your desired curry consistency. (You may add 1tspoon coconut oil to get authentic Kerala flavor) Let it cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy with rice and roti.


Dori said...

I love butter beans, and this curry looks stupid tasty :)

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