22 August 2009

Green bean rava uppuma

Uppuma is one of those go-to dishes I make when I don't feel like cooking. So it has to be simple and easy. Serves 4

1 cup semolina
1 large onion finely chopped
1 in. of ginger finely chopped
3 green chillis chopped
1 1/2 cup green beans chopped in 1 inch pieces
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
Salt to taste
3 cups of water
2 tsp tamarind concentrate or juice of 1 lemon
1 small bunch of coriander, chopped
3 tbsp ghee
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp black gram dal (urad dal)
1 tsp bengal gram dal (chana dal)
1/2 tsp asafoetida
2 dried chillies
6-7 curry leaves

Dry roast semolina in a pan for about 10 mins. Keep stirring while roasting so the semolina doesn't burn. Heat ghee and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, asafoetida powder, dried red chillis and curry leaves. When the mustard seeds splutter, add onions, ginger, green chillies and salt. Saute for 2-3 mins until onions are translucent and cooked. Add green beans and turmeric. Saute for a minute or so. Add 3 cups of water, tamarind concentrate (if using), cover and simmer until green beans are tender.

Gradually add semolina and stir constantly to prevent lumps. Cover, turn off flame and let sit for a 5 mins until all semolina has absorbed all the water. Stir in lemon juice (if using) and garnish with coriander.

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