Few months back I got some fresh french beans in the market. They were so green and fresh I could not help myself but buy a bagful. So we had a nice 'beans week' after that. I added beans to my dal, to the fried rice, to the soup...still there were some left. So I looked in the internet for an interesting recipe, and luckily I found this 'Aloo beans' recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's site.
That day in the dinner table when I said "I have made some beans with curry leaves and coconut", the man on the table gave me a blank stare. He finished his dinner and didn't say anything. I thought it must be the coconut, as he does not like coconut in any preparation. So I decided not to make this dish again.
But to my surprise the very next weekend he bought a bunch of fresh green beans and when I asked with an agitated angry voice, "why didn't you ask me before buying this? now what I'll do with these?" He said, "why that aloo-beans you made that day, it was really good." So now it is a regular dish in our house, goes very well with rice and dal.
I followed Kapoor's recipe, but did few minor modifications also. So here is my take on aloo-beans.
Things you need:
- Aloo (potato):1 medium-sized
- French beans: 200gm
- Onion (chopped): 1/4 cup
- Ginger (chopped): 1tbsp
- Curry leaves: 6-7
- Mustard seeds: 1/4tsp
- Hing (asafoetida): a pinch
- Urad dal (white lentil): 1/2tsp
- Chana dal (bengal gram dal): 1/2tsp
- Dry red chili: 2-3
- Salt to taste
- Sugar: 1/2tsp
- Grated coconut:1-2tbsp
- Turmeric powder: 1/4tsp
- Oil: 1tbsp
How to make:
1. Peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes.
2. String the beans and cut into small pieces.
3. Put oil in the pan. The original recipe mentioned about sesame oil, but I used canola oil. You can use any other oil of your choice, mustard or olive whatever is available.
4. When the oil is hot add the curry leaves, small mustard seeds(rai), red chilies, grated ginger, urad dal, chana dal and hing.
5. Add beans and a little salt and turmeric powder, mix well. Cover the pan and cook for 6-7 min in a medium flame.
6. Add the potato cubes, mix well. Cover and cook for 2-3min in medium flame.
7. Add chopped onion, mix well. Cover and cook for 2-3min in medium flame.
8. Add a little water (3-4tbsp) and salt and sugar. Cover and cook for 5min. If you like your dish to be more spicy then add some green chilies or red chili powder.
9. The potatoes and beans should be cooked by this time. Sprinkle the grated coconut and mix well. Increase the heat and cook uncover so there would be no water. Remove from heat. Serve along with some dal and rice.