Soaring temperatures in July and nearly debilitating back pain has meant easier meals with minimal prep. After all, as any cook will know, it’s the prep and the cleanup that usually takes most of the time and effort, depending on the dish of course. As I always maintain, easy does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor or nutrition, and this spicy green bean side dish certainly proves my point.
Poriyals are essentially dry curries that are ideal accompaniments to any main course and a hallmark of South Indian cuisine. These vegetable-based dishes are usually gently steamed or stir-fried over a low heat to retain the flavors of the vegetables featured in the dish. In this case, it is important not to overcook the green beans, because you want to retain the crispness that comes out in each bite. I’ve added tamarind here for a bit of sweetness and some coconut and split urad and toor dal for some crunchy texture. Though an ideal side, consider serving as a satisfying light lunch with some rice or flatbread or even as an elegant starter. If you want a version with more dal, then consider this green bean and toor dal poriyal that I have made on several occasions.
|Green Bean Poriyal|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner
Adapted from Dakshin: Vegetarian Cuisine from South India
Cuisine: South Indian
Published on July 25, 2016
Simple and colorful south Indian green bean side dish with spices and fragrant shredded coconut
Makes 4 to 6 servings
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