Easy Cooking Ideas for Singles#63-Yardlong Beans & Potato curry or Lobia ki phalli & aloo ki sabzi is a simple side dish served with flat bread. I use very few spices and yet this vegetable is great in taste and packed with nutrition. It is known by various names such as- Long podded Cowpea, Snake bean, Yardlong Bean, Chawli, Lobia ki phalli and in the local Telugu language as Bobbarlu. Longyard beans are a type of green vegetable, available throughout the year. It is quite long, slender generally pale green to dark green colored, depending on the variety.
My mom knew how to get me to eat vegetables. I loved potatoes, so she added them to most of the curries. You can make a sabzi or curry out of long beans by chopping them into small pieces and adding potatoes. They are used in stir-fries in Chinese cuisine. As a healthy option, you could add them to your omelet. Spicy Szechuan Long bean can be prepared by mixing stir fried beans with soy sauce, cooked chili peppers, ginger-garlic paste and sugar salt to taste.
Long Bean is believed to be an energy food and is low in calories. It is rich in Vitamin A as well as fair amounts of Vitamin C. As it is a green vegetable, it is rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, thus plays an important role in fighting cancer and delays aging.
I had just thrown a few mixed vegetable seeds in my garden and added some organic manure to the soil. Within a few days, I had cherry tomatoes, ridged gourd, okra, cucumber, spinach, green chilies and these long yard beans growing profusely. I am excited like a little child these days and as soon as I wake up, I rush to the backyard to collect the day’s spoils. There is so much pleasure in plucking your own grown, garden fresh vegetables and cooking them, isn’t it? These beans and cucumbers seem to grow longer overnight!
I plucked enough to cook a bowl full and it really tasted yummy. The dish looks colorful, it barely takes any time to cook and it is so easy with minimum ingredients.I love color in my food and it looks so bright and vibrant.If it looks great then it surely tastes awesome.
Long beans are easily available in most vegetable markets. If you are buying them then buy those that are young and slender. Break one of the beans into two halves to check the freshness by. If it breaks crisply it is fresh
Oil – 1 tablespoons
Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon
Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
Long beans ( lobia ki phalli) – 1 cups, chopped finely
Potatoes- 2 chopped into small cubes
Onion -1 large chopped finely
Tomato- 1 medium chopped finely
Green Chili- 1 slit in the center
Red chili powder – ½ teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Coriander leaves to garnish
Wash or rinse the long beans well.Remove the top and bottom tips and chop them into small pieces. You can chop 4-5 beans at a time.
Heat the oil in a non-stick kadhai or heavy bottomed pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle a bit.
Then add the finely chopped onions and sauté till pink. Add the slit green chili and keep stirring. Once the onion starts to brown a bit, add the chopped potatoes and stir. Potatoes take a longer time to cook than the beans; hence, I add them first.
Now add chopped long beans, turmeric and red chili powder. Stir nicely, cover and let it cook on simmer for five minutes.
Now you can add salt and let it cook nicely with the lid on. Once you add salt, the vegetables release water and gets cooked faster.
Cook till beans and potatoes are tender. Do stir once or twice in between to make sure that it is not sticking to the pan. While cooking if the moisture is less then splash little water. Do not drown it!
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the coriander leaves.Long yard beans and potato curry is ready to serve.
Long yard beans or Lobia ki phalli curry is best served hot with flat bread or roti. It can be served with rice too. ( I can eat anything with rice)
If you want to add some variety to your meals try this option of Easy Cooking Ideas for Singles#63-Yardlong Beans & Potato curry or Lobia ki phalli & aloo ki sabzi