Monday 28 November 2011

Fresh/Raw Pigeon Peas Saaru…my first experience with the beans

Days here are quite gloomy as we are amidst heavy rains, one can see flooding all over and the city. Telephone and Internet services are badly affected. Commuting has become painful as one faces traffic jams and the roads too are in bad condition. The state government declared holiday for schools since Friday itself but the kid’s school seemed quite indifferent to all the chaos and was still functional. On top of it they also conducted the KET exam on Saturday and the parents were supposed to drop their kid to school.
Since S, was busy with his CEO it was my turn to drop the kid to school in the rains. My car’s battery was down so I had to drop him on the two wheeler and was thoroughly drenched by the time I reached home. Wading in the floods on the two wheeler where the road was not even visible was surely very scary. I simply followed the vehicles in front observing for any potholes and ditches. By the time I reached home I  already  had headache and throat pain. I decided to have warm food and nothing is more welcome than either some hot soup or saaru (rasam).

I had got hold of some fresh tuvar beans recently and the beans were peeled and ready to use. I was looking out to make something very interesting using the beans as this was my first time with them but at that moment when I was craving for something hot, I decided to use them in making a saaru. I made this saaru in the same line of my avarekaalu saaru with a little variation in the ground masala.
I was very sceptical about the taste as I had never worked with these beans earlier but I was extremely delighted Smilethat the saaru turned out very tasty and had a great flavour of the fresh beans. With hot rice and some ghee on top it made a very hearty combination. I’m ready to try out more recipes with these beans surely as my first experience turned out very successfulThumbs up. I wanted to post this on Saturday itself but the server has been mostly down because of  the rains.
a cup and a half peeled pigeon pea beans/ tuvar dal beans
half cup grated fresh coconut
2red chillies
2tbsp coriander seeds
1/2tsp cumin seeds
1-1/2tsp tamarind paste
a sprig of curry leaves
1tsp mustard seeds
a pinch of turmeric powder
salt to taste
2-3tsp oil for tempering
finely chopped cilantro
To make the fresh masala for saaru…
Grind to a paste using water, coriander seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds, saaru podi, coconut and a little cooked pigeon peas.
Wash the beans and then boil the beans in water and some salt till cooked.
Mix the masala paste to cooked beans. Adjust salt and mix the tamarind paste. Add enough water to get a saaru consistency (I added about 1 cup water).
Bring it to a boil and temper it with mustard seeds, turmeric and curry leaves.
Boil for 2 more minutes and then serve hot with rice or Chapati.
Sending this to my event ‘Only’ Curries guest hosted by Kamalika and also MLLA41 guest hosted by Simona and is the brainchild of Susan. Also, reposting two of my favourite curries for my event

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Anonymous said...

The saaru would be great with just plain rice.yummy yum yum:)

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Sanctified Spaces said...

I have not heard of Pigeon Peas Saaru before.Good one Pari.

Faseela said...

wow...attractive clicks....luks yummy

TestingSalesforce said...

Beautiful recipe + Pictures.

Hari Chandana P said...

Wowwwwwwwww... lovely and delicious recipe.. looks super perfect.. awesome pictures too.. thanks for the wonderful recipe dear !!
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Chitra said...

wow, its looking yum. wish to try :)

Julie said...

Looks delicious..yummy !!
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soujanya said...

looks delicious!!!!
pics look wonderful!!!

Raji said...

I love any kind of beans and this sounds really good..if only I can get my hands on fresh pigeon peas I will be so happy to make this..lovely clicks Pari.

Sumee said...

looks lovely and heart warming.! yummmmmm

kitchen queen said...

very tempting and delicious saru.

Unknown said...

Pease saaru is something new to me. thanks for sharing some unique recipes. Like your picture!

Shema George said...

very nice recipe...yummy!!!

divya said...

Slurp,finger-licking it.

Poornima Nair said...

Ive never cooked with these fresh beans either...the curry looks delicious, love the color!

Pushpa said...

Looks perfect and delicious.

Urmi said...

Wonderful recipe. Looks colourful, delicious and spicy.

Priya Suresh said...

Quite a dream for me to cook out fresh pigeon peas,unfortunately we cant get them here, saaru looks super delicious and definitely comforting during this nasty rainy season.

radha said...

A real coincidence. Just yesterday I was telling my husband how we grew tender red gram in our backyard and they are delicious to eat off the plant too. But what you have made, is it called Saaru or is it koddel or something like that since it has a coconut gravy?

Pari Vasisht said...

Dear Radha, it is a saaru only with coconut karnataka we make coconut based saaru. you can also check out mensin saaru in my blog which is again a coconut based saaru.

zareena said...

This looks lovely and a great combination with rice and also with rotis.

San said...

Inviting sauce with pigeon peas. It is real fresh and delish.

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Kavi said...

really honored to have your comment on my blog! :D No kidding! I have been a admirer of yours ever since I started gazing at food blogs! :)

Kavi said...

really honored to have your comment on my blog! :D No kidding! I have been a admirer of yours ever since I started gazing at food blogs! :)

anjana said...

never heard this before....tempting recipe with wonderfull pictures..


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