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Friday, February 3, 2017

Chikkudukaaya Koora / Valor Beans Curry

A plan to be away from online during my kids' winter break coupled along with some procrastination led me to stay away from the blog for the past few weeks. And so, this happens to be my first post of the year and I wish all my readers a happy and healthy new year, albeit a little late. 
Today's recipe comes from the south Indian state of Andhra which happens to be a simple and typically home style preparation. Toor dal in this vegetable preparation can be replaced with moong dal or chana dal / split chick peas. However they need to be only soaked in water but not cooked and added at the end of the preparation. Addition of coconut to curries used to be not the normal fare in Andhra as it is in the neighboring regions. However coconut definitely enhances the flavor of the curry and is recommended. 
1.5 cups stringed and chopped valor beans / chikkudu kaayalu
1/4 cup cooked toor dal / pigeon peas
1 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. split chick peas
1 tsp. split black gram
1 tsp. mustard seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
2 red chillies
1 sprig of curry leaves 
1/8 tsp. turmeric powder
3 to 4 tbsp. shredded fresh coconut (optional but recommended)
Salt to taste

The cooking part:
* Cook toor dal such that it holds shape without falling apart when stirred but still is cooked.
* Trim the ends and string the beans, if necessary and chop them into about 1/8-inch pieces.
* Heat oil in a kadai or in a saute pan and add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, cumin seeds, red chillies and curry leaves.
* When the dals turn reddish, add the chopped beans, turmeric powder and salt. Stir them, cover the pan and cook on low - medium heat till the beans turn tender. Keep stirring once or twice in between.
* Then add the coconut and cooked toor dal and mix well. Turn off the stove after a couple of minutes.
* Serve it warm as a part of a south Indian meal. 

This goes to Blogging marathon #73, under the theme 'Flavors of India'. Check here to find out what the other marathoners are cooking as part of the BM.



Srivalli said...

Good to have you back Suma. This simple yet interesting side dish makes an excellent choice to indulge during lunch time. We mostly use channa dal or moong dal as the pappu is made with toor..I think toor will make it even more filling and good when we make pulusu, I think..very nice one..

rajani said...

We sometimes make cabbage the same way, cook a handful of moong dal with a little water and then add the chopped veggie. This recipe is a good, healthy way to kick-start your blog for 2017

vaishali sabnani said...

Excellent recipe . Combining daal with veggies sounds very interesting , will make the dish healthy too . Reminds me of long lost bhindi recipe with toor dal that my neighbor used to make .

Kalyani said...

ahh !! reminds me of Amma/s cooking - we make this kind of toor-dal based curry with beans / string beans / cluster beans or even methi or drumstick leaves .... and I love it with any tangy rasam / kozhambu... the ultimate comfort :) & welcome back to BM, Suma

Sandhiya said...

I never prepared a curry with dal & valor beans,i usually stir fry valor beans.Interesting recipe to try on.Looks so yummy

Pavani N said...

Welcome back Suma. Have been missing your posts.
This is such a delicious curry. I love dry curries like this, my mom makes these a lot.

Chef Mireille said...

hearty and healthy - looks fab

Harini-Jaya R said...

Chikkudukaya koora with kandi pappu sounds good to me. I usually add chana dal.

Priya Suresh said...

Gud to see you back Suma, missed u and your posts. Koora looks ultimate, such a delicious side dish to enjoy with some rice.

Gayathri Kumar said...

We do so many veggies this way. pairing them with dal will make it so filling. This beans is rarely available here. This stir fry looks like a perfect side for rasam rice..

Sandhya Ramakrishnan said...

Suma, good to have you back with us. I love valor beans and this is a great idea of using toor dal in the curry. I am bookmarking this to try soon.

Preeti Garg said...

Love this healthy recipe... perfectly made

Priya Srinivasan said...

Simple and comforting curry suma!