A fresh and simple palya is always a nice accompaniment. Generally palya is made with one vegetable or may be two with fresh produce. These fresh vegetables are celebrated in South India in the form of a simple palya or thoran or poriyal or samayal or sabzi. All of these have pretty much the same kind of recipe. In Karnataka, we call it palya and beans palya is one of the most famous in this variety of side dishes.
All you need are fresh tender beans in the required quantity, washed and chopped finely. A simple vaggarne/tadka with saasuve(mustard) and uddina bele(urad dal) is made and the beans or hurulikayi are added. Once the beans are cooked, it is topped off with some freshly grated coconut. Coconut defines any palya and makes this beans palya taste wonderfully earthy and sweet.
The emeraldy coloured green beans have the the delicate flakes of grated coconut on top, heaven! I generally cook palya with edible coconut oil to give it that extra coconutty flavour. However any regular cooking oil would work. Beans palya is an excellent accompaniment/side dish with rice, ghee and saaru/rasam. You can try my menasina saaru recipe along with this beans palya!
- 1½ Cup finely chopped green beans
- 1 Tsp coconut oil
- ½ Tsp mustard/saasuve/rai
- 1 Tsp urad dal/uddina bele
- A pinch of hing
- 1 slit green chilli
- 4-5 curry leaves
- ½ Cup packed freshly grated coconut
- Salt to taste
- In a pan, heat oil
- Splutter mustard and add urad dal
- Add a pinch of hing and fry till dal turns golden
- Throw in a slit green chilli and tear in the curry leaves
- Add chopped beans
- Cover and cook till they turn soft
- Season with salt
- Lastly add grated coconut and mix well
- Cover and cook for a minute
- Serve hot with saaru and rice!
Ensure you use freshly grated coconut
You can also choose to use regular cocoking oil instead of coconut oil
Beans Palya Stepwise:
In a pan, heat oil
Splutter mustard and add urad dal
Add a pinch of hing and fry till dal turns golden
Throw in a slit green chilli and tear in the curry leaves
Add chopped beans
Cover and cook till they turn soft
Season with salt
Lastly add grated coconut and mix well
Cover and cook for a minute
Serve hot with saaru and rice!