Monday, January 05, 2009

Beans and Mung Dal Toran

Another healthy and very simple dish I make is the Beans and Mung Dal Toran. With very little oil this is a sure winner when trying to eat healthy.

French cut Beans - 2 cups (I used freshly frozen ones)
Mung Dal - 4 tbsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 pinch
Dried red chili - 1 to 2 according to preference
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urad Dal - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - a few
Oil - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Wash mung Dal and keep ready with 2 cups of water.
In a saute pan heat oil and splutter the Mustard seeds, then add the urad dal, dried red chili and curry leaves. After a few seconds add the mung dal, water and salt and boil on low heat covered for 8 minutes.
Then add the cut beans, cover and cook for another 5 to 8 minutes until the dal is soft on touch yet firm enough to hold its shape. Add a few drops of water if all the water has evaporated, normally the condensing water is enough. or if you think that there is still lot of water remove the cover and let the water evaporate on very low heat.

Serve hot with Rice. I served it with Rice, lemon Rasam, Beetroot Poriyal and chips

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