Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bean Seed and Chayote Squash Curry

Beans curry is prepared using bean seeds which were just ripe and soft. We get these beans in the market most of the time. When the beans turns ripe, you get these soft pods. The seeds are full of proteins and the Bean seed curry is just yum yum.

I have used Bean seeds, moong dal and home made curry powder and coconut along with tamarind.
Just saw a pile of Dry beans in the vegetable shop and got some thinking of preparing curry. Legumes/Beans are filled with proteins and good to have them regularly.
Let us see some benefits of eating Bean Seeds in our diet.
Dried beans are rich in minerals and vitamins. They are good protein provide food for vegetarian diet. They are filled with potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc. They rich in soluble fiber. They are rich in carbohydrates and provide energy to our body.
No Onion or No Garlic is used in this curry. It is easy and yummy and goes with almost all the main dishes.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things Needed :

To Cook :
Chayote Squash : 2
Bean Seeds : 1 Bowl. (1/2 Kg)
Moong dal : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Methi Seeds/Fenugrik seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon

To Grind :
Spice Powder/Sambar Powder/Rasam Powder : 1 Tablespoonful
Coconut grated : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Tamarind : Small marble size
Pepper Pods : 2 to 3

To Add :
Green chilly : 2
Jaggery : 1 Teaspoon (Powdered)
Salt : As required

Seasoning : 
Coconut Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds : 1/2 Teaspoon
Ingh/Asafoetida : A pinch
Curry leaves : 6 to 8

Method : 

1. Remove the bean pods from beans. Wash and keep it aside. Wash green chilly and slit and keep it aside.
2. Wash and remove the outer layer of chayote squash and cut them into small pieces.

3. Wash moong dal and pressure cook with bean pods, methi seeds and chayote squash. (3 to 4 Whistles).
4. Grate coconut and grind it with home made spice powder and tamarind. (Use required water to grind).

5. Keep cooked bean pod, chayote squash and moong dal mixture on the fire.
6. Add turmeric powder. slit green chilly and required salt.  Add little water and mix it well and let it boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

7. Add ground coconut mixture and mix it well. Add jaggery and let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
8. Shift " Bean Seed and Chayote Squash Curry " to a serving bowl.

9. Add mustard seasoning to the curry and serve with the main dish you have prepared.
10. Add little ghee just before serving. (Optional).

Note :

Cooking vegetables and bean pod in pressure cooker is optional. You can use any brand of masala powder/rasam powder/sambar powder. I have used home made spice powder. Use of jaggery is optional. (Adding jaggery helps to reduce to gas in the curry). Adding more /less spice is optional.
Use of toor dal instead of moong dal is optional. (Or you can cook with out using the dal too).
Time : 30 Minutes
Serves : 4 to 5.

Preparation of Spice powder :

Dry roast 1/4 Teaspoon of methi seeds, a very small piece of cinnamon, 1/4 Teaspoon of urid dal, 2 tablespoon of coriander seeds, 5 to 6 byadagi chilly, 2 to 3 pods of pepper pods5 to 6 curry leaves, a pinch of ingh/asfoetida and 1/2 Teaspoon of jeera/cumin seeds. Dry roast or fry with a teaspoon of coconut oil, one by one and dry grind it when it turns cool. The fresh spice powder is ready to use.
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