Monday, January 11, 2010

Fresh Field Bean Sambhar/Side dish

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Field beans sambar commonly know as Pithigi pappu pulusu is a special dish which originated in the state of Karnataka(India). Its really an authentic recipe that tastes heavenly and is healthy too. :)

Though its time consuming to de husk the beans, I would say its absolutely worth it to try. Its yummm and goes great with rice chapathi.

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Fresh field bean seeds(Mochai) - 1 cup
Small onions peeled - 1/2 cup
Tamarind - medium lemon sized(Soaked and squeezed)
Salt - for taste
Jaggery - little
Curry leaves - few
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 4 tbl sp

Grind to fine paste - 1:

Grated fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
Poppy seeds - 2 tsp
Saunf(Soambu) - 2 tsp

Paste - 2:

(Fry in a tsp.of oil and then grind)

Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 3/4 tsp
Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
Red chillies - 7 or 8
Grated fresh coconut - 1/4 cup
Onion - 1(roasted over flame)

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Field beans/ Anumulu/ Mochai before de husking

Field beans
Field beans/ Anumulu/ Mochai after de husking


Soak Field beans(Mochai/Anumulu) in luke warm water for 2 hours. Then de husk the outer skin and keep it aside.

Roast one big onion with skin by keeping on direct flame. Turn carefully using thongs till outer skin becomes dark brown in color. Now remove the skin and grind with other fried ingredients as mentioned under paste 2.

Heat oil in a pressure pan, add mustard, urad dhal, small onions and then dehusked beans. Fry for few minutes, add paste no.2 and keep stirring till good smell comes. Add just enough water and pressure cook for 10 minutes.

Allow it to cool, remove lid and add ground paste1, tamarind extract, salt , jaggery and boil for few minutes.

Serve hot either with rice or rice chapathi, poori, chapathi, curd rice etc.

Goes best with rice chapathi. :)

Field beans kolambu

I am sending this to MLLA event conducted by EC this time. This was an event started by Susan in her lovely blog.

Coming up next is a simple and intersting snack made with the same bean. Keep watching!!!! :)

Written by: Nithya
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Rohini said...

Hmm..Thats something my grandma would crave for..She is a die-hard fan of this bean, whereas I am always skeptical! You know why!! ;) Jokes apart, this sambar looks yum!! And wonderful clicks..Will wait for the snack recipe too :)

chef and her kitchen said...

hmmm...Love this one dear...I agree it is time consuming but the combination of pithikipappu and akki rotti is so good that I cant stop myself from craving abt it..Recently made this at home,but I could not take pics...lovely pithiki pappu dear..our version is slighlty different..

Priya Suresh said...

Had this fresh field beans long back, such a beautiful sambar, looks yumm..

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious recipe

kitchen queen said...

wonderful and mouth watering sambar inviting me.

priya said...

cool, looks so yummy and great creative presentation as usual!

Rekha shoban said...

nice presentation!!!health side dish

Rachana said...

The Sambhar looks absolutely yumm...its lunch time here and i feel like grabbing a bowl:)

Shanthi said...

Lovely sambhar. Thick and creamy

Finla said...

I have nevr had these beans, the sambhar looks so delish.

Sarah Naveen said...

This is a new sambar to me..Looks absolutely delicious..Nice presentation as always..

SE said...

looks delicious...this is the season in India to get these fresh ones !!

Saraswathy Balakrishnan said...

Hmm..there u r back with another delicious homely made recipe with execllent photography and presentation Nithya..looks very yummy yum yum:)

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Tempting & very tasty...remembering my mom giving us the bowl of beans to remove the skin...It was fun.

Padhu Sankar said...

Mochai sambar looks yummy.Now in this season we get lot of fresh mochai.

Deepti said...

Never used these beans...nice one.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm one of my fav one ...looks too good and here I am missing the fresh one particularly in this season. We get only frozen ones here... Please parcel some snack after you make it..

Aruna Devi said...

Wow gr8 presentation nice click...

Parita said...

Yummy curry dear, my mom makes this dish but in a different way :-)

Anu Nandu said...

Nithya - looks very good. I haven't had mochai for many many years now. You make me want to go out, search for this and make this. Wonderful!

ann low said...

Beautiful clicks and sounds healthy too!

Preety said...

love all the pics..sambhar looks delicious

sathya said...

Sambhar looks delicious and yum!

radha said...

Great dish. And all the hard work too. Not sure if I would put in that much effort. And loved the presentation. Will check out your other recipes too.

Simplyfood said...

lovely recipe and nice pictures too.

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! nice one love the desighn !

Perspectivemedley said...

yummmy sambar, its sooo tempting :), waiting for the snack recipe!!

Malar said...

wow soooper..i should try ..

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

such a nutritious recipe Nithya..Your blog is absolutely beautiful! Congrats for your interview on and also article in Hindu metro plus! You must be very proud :) Thanks for leaving lovely comment on my blog!! Cant wait to explore ur blog more :)


Unknown said...

Interesting sambar, looks delicious !

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I am having this on a regular basis at my MIL's house. Great clicks.

Dolly Sharma said...

This is new to me..Nithya. Awesome Clicks...Love all kinds of Sambhar. So this is must try dish in my kitchen.Looks yummy and inviting.

Dear Nithya, Please collect the Beautiful Blogger Award from my blog.You deserve it.You are a great blogpal.

Tina said...

Lovely presentation dear....Sambhar looks yummy...

Abhilash Pillai said...

Pithigi pappu pulusu, the name is very interesting. Decorations as always jabardast.

Nice one boss!!!

nirupamasundar said...

nithu, you make my mouth water, hyd doesnot get mochai. My inlaws are from North arcot and we usea lot of mochai as long as we were in chennai, this one is lovely, the creative part is the highlight.

Sushma Mallya said...

lovely presentations,simple and really delicious side dish...

EC said...

Healthy and yummm..thanks for the entry

Faiza Ali said...

Oh ..I love this beans...just yesterday my mom my telling me over the phone that she has cooked this sambhar..I miss eating this yummy curry...lovely presentation.

Anu said...

Healthy and yummy dish...

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Savi-Ruchi said...

we call it avrekayi in kannada. This sambar is great. I just love it with mudde(ragi balls).

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