Beans stir fry or beans mezhukkupuratti, in malayalam, which means “beans smeared in oil”. It is a classic traditional dish of Kerala. A regular dish in many malayalee homes. It is easy, healthy and delicious recipe. Can be enjoyed with steamed rice along side dal or a coconut-rich/tangy gravy.
Prep time : 5 mins, Cooking time : 15 mins, Cuisine : Kerala (Indian)
1 cup beans (cleaned/de-fibred)
¼ tsp mustard seeds
few curry leaves
5 shallots or 1 small onion
2 green chillies (de-seeded)
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp crushed chillies flakes
1½ tsp + ¼ tsp coconut oil
salt to taste
mis en place :
Trim the cleaned beans and chop it into 1 cm pieces.
Using a mortar and pestle, crush shallots or onion, green chillies and garlic*
Heat 1½ tsp coconut oil in a pan. Tip in mustard seeds, once it splutters, add curry leaves, the crushed mixture* and saute for sometime till it becomes light brown in colour.
Add turmeric, salt and beans. Cover with a plate, pouring little water on it and allowing it to cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or till the beans is cooked just right.
Remove the plate and stir fry the beans on high heat for 5 mins, without burning, so that excess water gets evaporated and the masalas are well coated.
At the final stage, add chilly flakes. Stir to mix. Garnish it with ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil.
The cook’s notes
-use fresh and tender beans
-do not overcook the vegetable. they got to be crunchy and chewable
-similarly, you can stir fry with other vegetables like raw banana, carrot, potato, cauliflower.
-customize spice and salt level according to your taste-buds.