Tomato Saar and Beans Palya

A typical vegetarian meal back in Mangalore – saar and palya. I missed the boat to Brahminhvile soon after my first bite of chicken.

Ingredients for Tomato saar:
Tomato – 3 chopped
Onion – 1 chopped
Curry leaves – fistful
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Green chillies – 1 chopped
Garlic – 3 cloves crushed
Ghee – 2 tsp
Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 2 tsp

Method:
1. Pop mustard seeds in hot ghee followed by adding curry leaves and green chillies.
2. Add garlic and saute.
3. Add tomatoes, chilli powder and pepper powder.
4. Saute for a minute.
5. Pour enough water till tomatoes and other ingredients are immersed.
6. Bring to a boil and then let it simmer on low flame for 20 mins or till tomatoes are cooked.

Ingredients for Beans Palya:
French beans – 200 gms
Dried red chillies – 2
Curry leaves – 10 leaves

Method:
1. Saute red chillies in hot oil and add curry leaves.
2. Add chopped beans and salt to taste.
3. Add a glass of water and cover to cook.

Serve Tomato Saar and Beans Palya with hot steamed rice topped with a tsp of ghee and appalam if you have any.

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