Payaru Thoran (Green Beans W/ Coconut)

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Title: Payaru Thoran (Green Beans W/ Coconut)
Yield: 2 Servings
Categories: Indian


1 lb Long beans or other green
1 Good-sized shallot (1 oz);
-peeled & coarsely chopped
1 Fresh hot green chillies cut
-into 2-3; cut into 2-3
-pieces (up to 2)
2 Cloves garlic; peeled
1 c Cup grated fresh coconut
1 ts Ground cumin seeds
1/4 ts Ground turmeric
5 tb Vegetable oil
1 ts Whole mustard seeds
2 ts Uncooked white rice
10 Fresh or dried curry leaves;
-(10 to 12)
1 Whole dried hot red chilli
1 ts Salt

Chop beans into 1/4 inch rounds. Put shallots, green chillies, garlic,
coconut, cumin & turmeric into food processor or blender. Grind to coarse
consistency & decant into a bowl. Heat oil in large frying pan or wok over
medium high flame. When hot, put in mustard seeds & rice. When the mustard
seeds begin to pop & the rice swells & turns golden (takes just a few
seconds), put in the curry leaves & the red chilli. When the chilli swells
& darkens (this also takes just a few seconds), add the green beans.
Stir/fry for 2-3 mins. Make a hole in the center of the mound of beans &
put the coconut/spice mixture there. Cover coconut/spice mixture w/ beans &
sprinkle salt evenly over top. Add 2 TB water to pan & cover immediately.
Turn heat to low & cook for 10 mins or until beans are tender. Mix well &
serve. May be made a couple hours ahead of time & reheated. Recipe is from
Kerala State in SW India.

Recipe by: Madhur Jaffrey's A Taste of India

Posted to recipelu-digest by Sharon Raghavachary on
Feb 06, 1998