Averakaalu/Fresh Field Beans/Mochai Kottai/Papdi Lilva/ Pachi Anumulu Palav(pulao)
This is a very common kind of palav prepared during the November or December month when the availability of fresh field beans is more back home. But here in my place we do not get these fresh beans, so instead can use a pack of frozen field beans.
Rice- 2 cups
Fresh field beans - 1 cup
Onion - 1 large chopped thinly
Garlic - 8
Ginger - 1 inch
Green chillies - 5
Mint leaves - a handful
Cilantro/coriander leaves - few sprigs
Coconut grated - 3 or 4 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Spices- Bay leaf, cumin seeds,cinnamon, cardamom, clove, ani star - few
Oil - 3 tbsp
Lime juice - few drops
Wash and soak rice for 15 minutes.
Cook fresh field beans in water on stove top for 15 minutes( until half cooked). Keep aside can also save the cooked water.
Grind together few pieces of onion, coconut, ginger, garlic , green chillies and cilantro leaves to fine paste
Heat oil in a pressure pan and add all the spices. Wait for few seconds and add the chopped onions. Fry till light brown and add the ground paste. Fry till the raw smell leaves. Next add the mint leaves along with the cooked beans and suate for 2 - 3 minutes. Also add drained rice and saute. Next add water totally around 4 cups and allow it to boil. Also add salt and lime juice. Cover and cook till done or can even transfer to a rice cooker and cook till done. Serve with any raita and or any spicy gravy.
As a variation instead of grinding coconut you can use coconut milk ( half of coconut milk and half of water to cook the rice). Will be really flavorful.
Sending this to SriLekha's EFM- Rice event