Monday, May 3, 2010

Mango Dal with Sauteed French Beans

Mango Dal (Mamidikaya Pappu) is an integral part of all South-Indian cooking in the summers. And with he abundance of raw mangoes available now, I decided to try my hand at this childhood favorite.


Raw Mango - peeled and chopped into large pieces - 1
Toor Dal - 1 cup
Turmeric - 1 pinch
Salt - To taste
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida/Hing - 1 pinch
Red Chillies - 2
Oil - 1 tsp

Pressure cook the Toor dal and the mango pieces in 2 cups water with a pinch of turmeric and some salt. The dal and the mango pieces should be soft and cooked, but not mushy. In a heavy bottom pan, splutter the mustard seeds, red chillies and hing in some oil. When they start crackling, add the cooked dal and mangoes and stir well. Garnish with some grated raw mango and coriander leaves.

Sauteed French Beans

Along with the Mango Dal, I made some simple Sauteed French Beans that tasted great with rice. It took me just 10min to cook this and I really liked the light flavours...though Sid with his thoroughly Indian palate thought he could do with more masalas!


French Beans - 250 gms
Oil for tempering
Mustard seeds
Asafoetida/Hing - 1 pinch
Black Peppercorns
Lemon juice

Wash the french beans and slice them into 2 long pieces each. In a wide frying pan or wok, crackle the mustard seeds and asafoetida in 1 tbsp of oil. Add the beans and sautee for about 5min till they are cooked but retain their crunch. Turn off the gas and sprinkle some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add a dash of lemon juice, stir well and serve hot with some rice and dal.


debjani said...

Hey its really nice dish..I am going to try this.Thanks :-)

Tejal said...

Gotta try the mango it spicy or sour?

Swati said...

@debjani - thanks for visiting! :)
@tejal - its primarily sour, but you can add some red chilli powder to make it more spoicy if you like.