Beans, Methi and Besan Palya

String Beans happens to be one of my favorite veggies and there are so many things one can do with it. String beans are quite ubiquitous in Indian cooking and can be added to anything from Sambar, Pulao, Kurmas, Upma to simple palya or stir fry. One of my favorite ways to eat it is the simple palya with anna (rice) and saaru(rasam). That for me is comfort food! This recipe is a slight variation and tastes good with roti. This one’s from my mom’s repertoire of improvisations!

Ingredients : Serves 2-3

1 pound or half kilo of string beans

1 cup of chopped methi leaves

1 teaspoon red chilli powder

2 pinches of hing

A pinch of turmeric

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

2 tablespoons of besan or chickpeas flour

2 tablespoons of oil

Salt to taste

1 teaspoon lime juice

Chop the beans finely, steam it and keep aside. In a pan heat the oil and add the mustard seeds, once it splutters, add turmeric, chilli powder, hing and besan. Fry this for a minute on low flame. Add the methi leaves and fry for 1-2 minutes. Now add the steamed beans and salt and mix well. Fry this for another minute. Add the lime juice and mix well. Enjoy this with roti or chapathi.


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