PAAPDI CHI BHAAJI (INDIAN BEAN DRY VEGETABLE)

Paapdi Chi Bhaaji is the Marathi name for Indian Bean Dry Vegetable. Paapdi beans are long, flat beans having a smooth green skin. Paapdi beans are picked when young and tender. These beans are available mainly in the winter months. Paapdi beans are also known as Valore beans, Val beans, Walor paapdi and Indian beans.

Paapdi beans are used extensively in Indian Cuisine. Young beans are washed thoroughly and the ends and the strings at the side are removed. These are then cut into 1″ pieces and are sauteed to make subzis/vegetables.

These beans have plenty of health benefits. They contain folate, iron, zinc, etc. which are all crucial for our healthy development.

Here I am sharing a recipe of Paapdi Chi Bhaaji as is made by my Mom using our traditional Saraswat Saambar Masala. The NKGSB cuisine, uses lots of coconuts, jaggery and Saraswat Saambar Masala in the daily cooking. My mom used this special masala in this particular vegetable and the result was delicious, as the Saraswat Saambar masala imparts it’s unique flavour to this vegetable.

For more delicious vegetable recipe so take a look at the following too….

1) Kaarlyachi Aambat Goad Bhaaji

2) Bharli Bhendi

3) Shevgyaachya Shengaanchi Bhaaji

4) Veg Kofta Curry

5) Aaloo Gobhi

Here’s the recipe for the Paapdi Chi Bhaaji……

Prep time : 20 min

Cooking time : 20 min

Serves : 4

INGREDIENTS :

  • 400 gm Paapdi
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Bedgi Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Saraswat Saambar Masala
  • 2 tsp Jaggery
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Grated Coconut

For The Tempering :

  • 2 tbs Oil
  • 1 pinch Caraway Seeds (Ajwain/Owaa)
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida (Hing)

METHOD :

  1. To begin making Paapdi Chi Bhaaji, first string the tender papdi and break off their ends. Open the pods and collect the beans too. Wash thoroughly and cut the paapdi into 1″ pieces.
  2. Heat a Heavy bottomed pan, and add the oil to it. Now add the mustard seeds.
  3. As soon as they splutter add the caraway seeds, asafoetida and stir.
  4. Add the turmeric powder, chopped paapdi and saute. Add a little salt and cover with a lid.
  5. Cook covered stirring occasionally.
  6. When the paapdi are cooked, open lid and add the red chilli powders, saraswat saambar masala, jaggery, coconut and salt to taste. Mix well.
  7. Increase the flame, and evaporate all the extra water that might have been released during cooking.
  8. When done, switch off the flame and transfer to a serving bowl.
  9. Serve the delicious Paapdi Chi Bhaaji with phulkas and some Daali Toay and steamed rice.
  10. Do serve some NKGSB Style Sweet And Sour Raw Mango Chutney and Gaajar Flower Taaja Loncha as accompaniments too.
  11. Serve the Karwar Style Madgane With Rajgira And Oats as a dessert to complete the healthy traditional meal!

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Author: tastyrecipesfrompooja

An artist by nature, I love painting, travelling to different places and photographing nature, gardening, crochet, reading, etc. It's my nature to give my best to anything and everything I do. From a person who could cook very few dishes..... I have converted myself to a person who now can cook varied dishes! I like perfection in all my work. Reading a lot of recipes, watching different famous chefs' cooking shows on television and observing their methods, techniques and tips very closely and studiously ....is what has made me a very good cook today. Though there are numerous recipes I haven't tried my hand at..... there are many other in which I have gained exerpertise only by trial and error! I still watch all interesting cookery shows on TV to gain more knowledge on cooking techniques of other cultures from here and abroad!! Nowadays, I have started adding healthy twists to my dishes as and when I can without compromising on their original taste. Started this blog to share a few recipes of mine with all other cooking enthusiasts! Happy cooking to all! 😃

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