Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Beans Soup ( Saaru , Konkani style)

This is not a proper soup . It is in between soup and curry or a curry with thin consistency. This is easy to prepare and very healthy too. This can be prepared using any kind of beans.

100 gms chickpeas / brown chickpeas / moong beans / horse gram / black eye beans / kidney beans / moth beans. ( Sprouted beans can also be used. )
2 tsp oil
5 - 6 cloves garlic crushed
2 - 3 dry red chillies
1 tsp salt
3 cups water

Soak the beans overnight and cook them with the 3 cups of water. Cook for 20 - 25 mins in a pressure cooker. Now add salt and bring to boil . Meanwhile prepare for "Tadka" , heat oil in a small pan and add garlic and saute it till its golden brown. Note that it should be cooked in a medium flame . Now add chillies and saute it for 1 min . Add this to the cooked beans. This can be just consumed like a soup ( but its quiet spicy) or can be served with rice.


The tempering or tadka can be changed. Heat 1 tsp oil , add 1 tsp mustard seeds. After it stops spluttering add 2 - 3 dry red chillies and then a sprig of curry leaves.

Money saving tip
Instead of buying frozen or canned beans, buy dry beans . Soak them and then pressure cook them the following morning. By adopting this method , you are not only saving money but also eating freshly cooked beans which is much more tastier .

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