Beans usili (3 servings)

French beans 300 g (finely cut)

Chana dal 1/3 cup

Toor dal 1/3 cup

Red chilies 4 or 5

Curry leaves 3 sprigs

Salt 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Asafotida 1/4 tsp

Coconut  2 tbsp (optional)

oil 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Soak the dals and chilies  for an hour and grind them coarsely along  with curry leaves, half the salt and add turmeric powder to the paste. Steam the paste for about 10 minutes and when it cools, crumble the dal well or use a grater to get fine pieces.

Meanwhile, add the remaining salt to the  the beans and cook by steaming or in a micro-oven.

Heat oil in a frying pan, add t he mustard and when it splutters add t he crumbled dal, asafotida and stir well on slow fire. Add the coconut and when it is soft add the beans and mix well and cook for 2 or 3 minutes by covering the pan with a lid.

Serve with rice.

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