Monday, November 28, 2005

French Beans Patoli (Traditional Andhra Dish)

Patoli is a traditional Andhra dish and is very tasty and healthy.Today's recipe is made with french beans and lentil(bengal gram,senaga pappu) and goes well with rice and rotis.I have used french beans in this dish today but you can substitute it with either okra,cluster beans,cabbage or raw banana.

1 cup of chopped beans(cut into 1" pieces and boiled in salted water)
1 big onion chopped
2 green chillis slit length wise
10 curry leaves
1/2 mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal(minapappu,black gram)
1 1/2 tsps jeera
2 whole dry red chillis
1" piece ginger
1 cup channa dal(senaga pappu,bengal gram)soaked in water for 2 hours
1/3 tsp turmeric
pinch of asafoetida

Grind the soaked channa dal with ginger,dry red chillis,1 tsp cumin seeds and salt to a coarse texture without adding water.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wide vessel and add mustard seeds and let them splutter.
Now add 1/2 tsp cumin seeds,urad dal,asafoetida and curry leaves and fry for 10 seconds.
Now add the green chillis and onions and fry till transparent.Add turmeric pwd.
Now add the boiled french beans and fry for 3 minutes.
Now add the ground channa dal and mix well and cover and cook stirring once in a while for 10-12 minutes.
The Patoli should have a fry powder-like texture.

This goes very well with hot rice and a dash of ghee.Tastes best when eaten hot!


Lera said...

Patoli! what a nice name--a nice recipe,it's a great combo with Rasam and Rice! had this variation a long time back in Madras(oops!chennai)

shammi said...

This is like the Tamil "paruppu usili", isnt it? I usually steam the chana dal mixture like idlis, then crumble it by hand when it's cool. Uses no oil and tastes nice too!

yp said...

Very delicious looking recipe. How long should i boil the french beans in salted water? Thanks.

sailu said...

You need to boil the french beans till its almost cooked i.e 8-10 minutes approx.

Anonymous said...

You can try the recipe without adding any vegetables. Just the seasoning and add channa dal paste. Fry till it becomes golden brown. Tastes good with andhra aavakaya :)

Anonymous said...

I've never tried french beans in this style...the pic looks usual:) ..and the recipe also sounds yummy..i'm gonna try it tomorrow...insha allah...bye..tabu