Mung Beans, Toor Dal, Green Beans and Fresh Dill Palya


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green bean palya

Palya, also known as poriyal, are dry curries that are a very popular addition to South Indian meals. Fresh, with a subtle blend of flavors, this wholesome dish is certainly one that I would recommend to grace your dinner table. Traditionally, a full course South Indian meal starts with a sambar, followed by a rasam, along with a side dish or two such as this one and rice and perhaps a flatbread.

Bursting with a fine balance of flavor, I've adapted this rather unique dish from Mysore Style Cooking: The Secret Recipes of Mysore, India by V. Sandlhya. I have written about this beautifully illustrated and lovely cookbook before and it truly is a treasure. Strictly vegetarian and inspired by her families well-guarded recipes, Sandhya has a home-based restaurant where she serves yogis. All of the recipes are "ayurvedically correct" featuring creations from the Mysore region. Designed to encourage peace of mind, good health and spiritual progress, those who want simple but nourishing ideas for South Indian dishes will certainly want to get this book. A wide range of recipes for legumes, grains, vegetables, chutneys, breads and sweets are offered up along with helpful introductions and meal suggestions.

This is my submission to My Legume Love Affair, a popular monthly event started by lovely Susan of the Well Seasoned Cook and hosted this month by the creator. Be sure to send off your offerings to Susan.

Mung Beans, Toor Dal, Green Beans and Fresh Dill PalyaMung Beans, Toor Dal, Green Beans and Fresh Dill Palya
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Adapted from Mysore Style Cooking: The Secret Recipes of Mysore, India
Cuisine: Indian
Published on April 11, 2012

A dry and lightly-spiced fresh-tasting dal and vegetable curry from south India

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Palya:
  • 5 tablespoons dried whole mung beans, rinsed
  • 5 tablespoons toor dal, rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 8 oz (225 g) green beans, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh dill, finely chopped
  • sea salt to taste
Tempering:
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 3 dried red chilies, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida
  • generous handful dried curry leaves
  • 3 tablespoons grated coconut
Instructions:
  • In a large saucepan, add the water, mung beans and toor dal. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until the beans are softened, about 20 - 30 minutes.

  • Now add the green beans, dill and sea salt. Stir and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or so, taking care not to overcook the green beans. They should still have a bit of crunch to them.

  • Drain the beans, set aside, and reserve the cooking water. The cooking water can be used as a broth in other dishes.

  • For the tempering, heat the oil in the same pan over medium heat. When hot, add the mustard seeds. Stir and fry until they begin to turn grey and splutter and pop. Now add the chilies, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, asafetida, curry leaves and coconut. Stir for another minute and then add the cooked beans and vegetables. Stir and fry for another few minutes and serve hot.

Makes 4 servings
South Indian Green Bean Palya

More South Indian dishes you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Beetroot Palya
Cabbage Poriyal
Spicy Lentil Rasam
Mung Bean and Tamarind Dal

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2 comments:

Poonam Borkar said...

very healthy and yummy dish..love it!!
Spicy-Aroma

Priya said...

Excellent and healthy palya..