Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yardlong beans curry / Paithangai kari

I do not remember eating long beans at my home when I was a kid. I am not sure if it was not made or if it was I who didn't eat. I was a picky eater (back then). But I do remember eating from our friend Denny's lunch box in college whenever she brings this curry. Her mom is a great cook and whenever she prepares this curry and Sundal kulambu, Denny would have to swap her lunch with ours. We all used to finish hers in a wink. Those are good old memories. As soon as I saw the recipe for the long beans at her blog, I bought some on my grocery shopping and immediately tried it. I have tried this curry for a couple of times now and loved it every time. It is a perfect and tasty combo for rice as well as roti.
Ingredients:
Yard long beans / Payathangai - 1/2 kg - 1 lb - cut into 1/2" pieces
Onions - chopped - 1 cup
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves -  a few
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Make a paste:
Grated coconut - fresh/frozen - 2 tbsp
Tomato - 1 - cubed
Garlic - 2 cloves
Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp (I reduced this by 1/4 tsp, since I used lesser coconut)
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Method:
Grind the ingredients under 'Make a Paste' to a smooth paste adding little or no water. Heat oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Add the onions and saute until translucent. Now add the beans and fry until it is soft and cooked, about 7-10 mins. Add salt, ground paste and 1/2 cup of water. Cover and cook for 5 mins. Remove the lid and cook uncovered for another 5 mins until the raw smell disappears and the desired thickness is achieved. 
Tip: I usually cut and freeze vegetables which has shorter life. In this case, I washed the beans in running water and left it to air dry for 30 mins. I then chopped it into 1/2" pieces and placed it in a ziploc bag and stored in the freezer. Green beans, bottle gourd, winter melon and few other vegetables can also be stored in this way in a ziploc bag or freezer safe box.


I am sending this healthy curry to Bookmarked recipes - Every Tuesday event by Aipi and Priya.

35 comments:

  1. love this recipe.and very well explained ...love the pics tooo..

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  2. Love your paste, sounds mouth watering. Beautiful color too. Thanks for linking it to our event.

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  3. That looks so delicious..nice recipe...beautiful clicks..

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  4. WOnderdul recipe there.All lovely pictures to accompany..!

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  5. My hubby and I love string beans, but I usually follow the same old stir-fry recipe. This looks like something I'd love to try.

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  6. Wow!! curry looks healthy and tempting..

    Sunanda's Kitchen

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  7. Love this curry, a prefect pair for curd rice..wonderful bowl of delicious curry Krithi..

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  8. What a great recipe ~ the color n texture of the gravy is too good!
    Thanks a lot for linking to bookmarked event :)
    US Masala

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  9. Wow looks delicious and very tempting.

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  10. havent tried beans this way.. nice clicks krithi!

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  11. Forgot to post the award post link :)
    http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/2011/05/pear-bread-and-award.html

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  12. Loved ur collage work, Krithi.. Am gonna bookmark this one and also going to buy long beans ..Thanx for sharing

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  13. simple and quick. I love this side dish a lot.

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  14. long beans curry looks superb........

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  15. Love beans curry. I freeze a lot of vegetables too Krithi.

    Vardhini
    VardhinisKitchen

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  16. Wow! Nice curry! It looks very great and lovely1

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  17. The curry with the beans is a tasty combination. No wonder you liked it very much. Bookmarked :-)

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  18. Thats a damn delicious curry!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

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  19. aromatic masala and i have never tried anydish with payathangai.sounds yummy

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  20. i too make it almost the same way...Luks delicious...

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  21. Tempting and delicious curry..aromatic.

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  22. I love this beans, but it's hard to find the fresh ones here

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  23. Great bean curry to go with paratha or roti and that tip you shared is awsm. i am going to try that !
    www.sunshineandsmile.com

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  24. nice clicks krithi, paithangai looks yum, the paste in it looks flavourful !

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  25. Wow... mouth watering recipe.. looks simply superb !
    Indian Cuisine

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  26. This looks very delicious! The paste looks very aromatic.

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  27. looks delicious. i love string beans.. will give this curry a try for sure and let u know:-)

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