Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Green Moong Dhal Gravy (Green Gram Curry | Green Bean Gravy)

Preparation time :10 minutes   
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves 3 
Difficulty :  Easy

Green gram or green bean is known as Pachai Payaru in Tamil and green moong in Hindi.  Highly nutritious among all beans, it contains low fat protein and high fibre.  Green bean has low glycemic index and hence very good for diabetics and those who are on diet.

Green Bean gravy / Pachai Payaru Kuzhambu is a delicious one which can be prepared easily and goes well with steamed rice, roti, chapathi, idli or dosa.

  • Green Bean – ½ cup
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 No.
  • Garlic ( crushed) 3 pods
  • Tomato (chopped) – 2 Nos.
  • Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Tamarind juice – 1 tbsp
  • Coconut paste – 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

For seasoning:
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon – a small piece
  • Fennel seeds – ½ tsp
  • Curry leaves – few

Dry fry green gram in a pan in simmer till you get a nice aroma. Switch off and allow it to cool. Wash the bean in water, then pressure cook along with a cup of water for 2 whistles. Take a pan, pour oil, season with the items given under ‘seasoning’. Then add onion and garlic, sauté till the onions turn into golden brown colour. Add tomatoes and sauté till it gets mashed well. Then add all masala powders and  transfer the cooked bean to this . Stir everything by adding water if required. Add salt and give a boil. Finally add coconut paste and tamarind juice, give one more boil and switch off.

Your green bean gravy is ready to be served with rice/ roti. It can even be had with bread.

  1. You can skip the frying part of the bean but I feel frying enhances the green bean’s aroma.
  2. You can make this gravy either watery or thick gravy by adjusting the water quantity. Both ways it is yummy.

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