My kids love shenga chutney pitto, probably that is the only way they eat peanuts without a fuss. So I have been thinking to use similar combination with vegetables. I have seen my Marathi friends adding a peanut powder to raitas, green beans and some other vegetables. So I prepared this nutty green beans last week and it was received pretty well, the two year old was pretty excited to (atleast) try the green beans.
A complete thali with ambat(dal), rice, fish fry, buttermilk chilli, spiced buttermilk
The roasted peanuts gave a nutty sweetish taste to otherwise spicy dish. The ginger gave a very good flavor to the beans. I am so used to adding potatoes to green beans, I feel potatoes pair really well with them. Today when I prepared the same dish, I added some chutney pitto to it instead of making the peanut-coconut powder. This was a good way to get some vegetables and also protein into the little tummies.
Dry roast peanuts and coconut and make a powder.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds, urad dal followed by curry leaves, ginger, onion.
Add green beans, potatoes and spices. When cooked, add the nut powder.
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- 2 cups green beans (use tender beans)
- 1 cup peeled and chopped potatoes
- 2 tbl spns peanuts
- 1 tbl spn dry coconut
- 1 tea spn grated ginger
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 tea spn red chilli powder
- A pinch turmeric
- ½ tea spn coriander powder
- ½ tea spn mustard seeds
- ½ tea spn urad dal
- 5-6 curry leaves
- Dry roast peanut till they are brownish and then add dry coconut(or dessicated coconut).
- Roast till coconut is brownish.
- Grind them to a coarse powder and keep it aside.
- Heat oil and add mustard seeds.
- When they start popping, add urad dal.
- Fry for a min and then add curry leaves, ginger.
- Then add onion and fry till brownish.
- Add green beans, potatoes, chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder and salt.
- Mix everything well.
- Cover and cook on a medium-low flame till the beans and potatoes are cooked.
- Make sure to cook on low heat, since there is no water added, it will get burnt if cooked on high.
- Add the peanut-coconut powder and mix well.
- Cook for another 1-2mins.
- Take off heat and serve hot as a sidedish with rice or chapati.