Friday, August 1, 2014

Valore Lilva nu Shaak

Lilva basically means those fresh beans from the pods of string beans. Based on which string beans you choose, you get Valore Lilva, Vaal Lilva, Surti Lilva and so on. I generally keep at least one "lilva" packet it the fridge. It comes very handy to make this quick side dish when I am faced with the dreaded "what to cook today" dilemma!

Valore Lilva nu Shaak
Fresh Beans Stir Fry
1 1/2 cup frozen fresh valore lilva
4 baby potatoes, quartered
2 roma tomatoes, quartered
1 tsp Gujarati garam masala
1 cup water
salt to taste
1/2  tbsp jaggery

Grind to a paste
1/2" ginger
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup cilantro/coriander leaves
1 green chili (or per taste)

2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp owa/ajmo/ajwain/carrom seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp asafoetida

1 tbsp coriander leaves/cilantro, chopped

1. Pressure cook lilva and potatoes. Set aside. Do not overcook.
2. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add carrom seeds, asafoetida and turmeric powder. as they splutter, add green paste. Saute for 1 minute.
3. Add tomatoes & Gujarati Garam Masala. Saute for 2 minutes.
4. Add cooked beans, potatoes, water, salt & jaggery.
5. Bring to boil. Let it simmer till the water is evaporated.
6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

1. You can leave the water to get the gravy of the desired consistency.
2. I used the valore lilva from the frozen section of the Indian stores.

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