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Monday, 28 January 2013

Amara payar Thoran / Upperi - Lima Beans

 Unlike the usual Lunch timing, that day I could come home early for lunch and as expected, food wasn’t ready. Seeing me at an odd time, she got wondered and rushed into kitchen to finish off cooking. I noticed the washed and drained Lima beans on the cutting board. With her assistance, I cut the beans recollecting my cutting skills earned during my PG period and taught her how to cut vegetables without cutting fingers or nails! But after cutting she turned out to be my teacher, as I did not know how to prepare a beans thoran (upperi). As it was a new learning for me, I guess it might help many of my bachelor friends too. Moreover, it’s a simple recipe for any beginners to try and tasty too.

Lima Beans (അമരപ്പയര്‍) – sliced n chopped – 1 cup
Oil – 1 ½ Tb spoon
Mustard seeds – 1 tea spoon
Curry leaves - 8 no. s
Dried red chilly – 2 no. s
Coconut – grated – 1 handful
Salt – as needed

How to:
1. Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Put mustard seeds and leave to sputter. Put the cut red chillies followed by curry leaves.
2. Add the cut lima beans to the pan turning to low flame. Sauté for a minute. Add the required amount of salt and sauté to mix well.
3. Cook the beans in low flame, sautéing occasionally. After 5 minutes, add the freshly grated coconut and mix well.
4. Leave the beans for cooking well. Remember to keep the flame lowest possible. Stir occasionally.  

Have a try and let us know!


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