Saturday, September 22, 2018



French Beans are commonly available all through the year. They are used in  different cuisines in India as typified by Maharashtrian style Farasbi chi Sabzi,  Beans Talasani from our own Konkani cuisine, and  French Beans & Garlic in the Indian-Chinese style.  Recipes for these are available in this blog.

In Tamilnadu, French Beans is used in combination with Moong Dal which is called Paasi Parapu or Payatham Parapu in Tamil. Today's dish is an easy to make yet tasty stir fry using the two. 


  • French Beans, 500 gms
  • Moong Dal, ( Split Green Gram Dal or Paasi Parupu) 1/3 cup, soaked
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 2-3 tbsp for garnish
For Seasoning:
  • Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Urad Dal, 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida, 1/8 tsp 
  • Green Chillies, slit, 2
  • Red Chilli, broken, 1
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig
  • Oil, 2 tsp

Wash and de-string the French Beans and chop them uniformly and keep aside
Wash and soak the moong dal for 15-20 minutes. Then, discard the water and keep aside the soaked moong dal. 
Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadhai and when it gets hot, reduce the flame and add the mustard seeds
When they splutter, add the urad dal and saute till it changes colour
Add the asafoetida, green chillies, broken red chilli and curry leaves and saute 

To this seasoning, add the cut French Beans, the soaked Moong Dal and salt and mix well
Add 1/3 cup of water, cover and cook on medium/low flame till the dal and the French Beans get done, stirring from time to time
Take care that they do not get overcooked/mushy 
Switch off the gas and garnish with fresh coconut gratings
Serve as a side dish, accompaniment to a meal of rice and rasam

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