Sunday, September 19, 2010

Barbati (Yardlong Beans) Curry

Source: Tamalapaku

I'll keep this one short and sweet. I'm trying to be better about eating more vegetables and fruit (we'll see how long this lasts). Barbati is a vegetable I've only recently noticed in the Indian Grocery stores here on the West Coast. I think I actually like these better than regular green beans!

  • 1 bunch Barbati (Yardlong Beans)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 tablespoons roasted peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons coconut (optional. I didn't put this)
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin (jeera)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons urad dal
  • 2 teaspoons chana dal
  • 3 red chilies (crushed)

1. Chop the barbati into lengths of 2-3 inches, depending on your taste and finely chop the onion

2. Boil the chopped barbati til tender

3. Prepare the peanut-coconut masala: Coarsely grind together the peanuts, coconut, coriander, cumin, garlic, and green chilies

4. Heat oil in a separate pan and add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal and red chilies. Then add the turmeric.

5. Add the onions after the above stops spluttering and saute til golden brown

6. Add the cooked barbati and peanut-coconut masala

7. Cook together for 3-4 minutes, adjust salt and spice accordingly

Kuty's Twist

I wanted this to be a simpe dish so I didn't add the coconut and onion. It still came out great! I would also grind 3-4 green chilies next time to make it more spicy.

This is a nice dish because the peanuts add a twist to the regular beans curry most of us are used to.