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Thursday, May 10, 2007


Patoli, a traditional Andhra dish is a protein rich koora (sabji) which tastes excellent with rice and rotis. It is a pleasant variation from the ordinary styles of preparation of vegetables and can be a big hit at parties. Patoli is prepared using chanadal (bengal gram) and a vegetable. An easier, smarter way to feed the family, the nutritious stuff.
Some of the choices for vegetables that can be used are French beans, cluster beans, onions, cabbage, methi leaves etc.

French Beans Patoli:
Chopped French (green) beans – 2 cups
Chanadal – 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
Red chillies - 8 to 10 (depending upon the spiciness you prefer, medium to hot)

Salt to taste
Oil – 2 or 3 Tbsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Chana dal (Bengal gram) - 1 tsp
Urad dal (Black gram) – 1 tsp
Jeera (Cumin seeds) - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - Few
Hing (Asafoetida) – Few pinches (optional)
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp

Cook the beans.
Soak chanadal in water for atleast two hours. Coarsely grind chanadal, 2 tsp of cumin seeds and red chillies with as little as water as possible. Cook the mixture in a pressure cooker without the weight, till it is done. Let it cool for a while. Crumble the chanadal mixture, which would have become dry at this point .
Heat oil in a pan. Add chanadal, urad dal, jeera, mustard seeds, curry leaves to the hot oil. When chanadal and uraddal begin to turn reddish, add turmeric powder and the chanadal mixture to the pan and stir fry for a few minutes. Now add the cooked french beans and salt to the pan. Saute for a couple of minutes. Turn off the stove.
Serve with rice or rotis.

Cluster (Goovar) Beans Patoli: Replace French beans with cluster beans in the above recipe.
If using fresh cluster beans, follow the same method as above. If cooking with frozen cluster beans, thaw them, chop them and cook them as above. The above measurements are good for a 12 oz frozen cluster beans packet.

Menthi Koora (Methi) Patoli:
Replace French beans with methi leaves in the French beans patoli recipe and proceed.
For the above ingredients, use 2 bunches of methi leaves. Pluck all the leaves from the methi stems. Throw away the stems. Wash and chop the methi leaves. Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the methi leaves till they are cooked. By the time, they would be wilted and change their color to a darker shade.

Patoli - My 'P' entry for Nupur's A - Z event and for Latha's RCI - Andhra Cuisine event.

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Asha said...

Suma,Bee has the same thing too! We all think alike sometimes ,don't we? Looks fabulous,great to have with rotis.Thanks Suma,Have a great weekend:))

bee said...

yours looks better than mine. :-)

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures, patoli looks yummy!!!

Richa said...

that is one nutritious mix, loved the methi patoli, will be trying it soon.
btw, great day for patoli lovers, lots of recipes.

Sreelu said...


My husband was next to me when I was reading your recipe, he now wants me to make this. I love patoli, usually make this with green gram dal, we call it pesara attu kura

musical said...

Its raining Patoli, and am not complaining :). Menthi leaves are a nice addition. Lovely picture and recipe, Suma!

Anonymous said...

Hey suma, first time on your site. looks great. there are so many variations to the traditional patoli!

Vcuisine said...

Similar like our Usili Suma. Looks nice with variations. Viji

Nupur said...

How wonderful to showcase all of the different variations in one post! Thanks so much for participating, Suma!

Bong Mom said...

I saw the same thing at Bee's and thought what a wonderful sounding "name".
Nice recipe, have not had this, should try it

Kribha said...

Dear Suma,
I make a similar dish called usili. The idea of using methi in it is really wonderful. Both the pictures look lovely & yummy.

bhamidipati said...

hi suma,
i want u to try with ginger pieces and garlic pieces which we used to enjoy.it is very ealthy also.have pulusupachdi or pachhi pulusu as a combination.try and enjoy

Animisha said...

thank u for the recipe.
this tastes like my mothers recipe.
enjoyed it with hot rice.
me and my baby in my tummy enjoyed