Karamani Poriyal ~ String Beans Stir Fry in Microwave

It is time to cook up the fresh vegetables that was picked up straight from the fields during our recent visit to my Hubby’s hometown.  The kids had a great time picking up veggies and getting their hands muddied. Bags of fresh brinjals, String beans, Avarakkai (broad beans), Ground nuts and ladies finger (okra) were all picked up.

I did not want to cook it up on the stove as I did not want to miss out on the color. So I made this stir fry on the Microwave in order to maintain the greenish hue of the fresh vegetable. You can also follow the recipe on stove top too.

Karamani / string beans – ¼ kgs.
Onion, small -1
To be ground coarsely:
Freshly grated coconut – 3 tbsp
Green chillies – 2
Cumin seeds – ¼ tsp.
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Garlic pods – 2 (optional)
Salt - to taste
For Seasoning / Tadka:
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard – ½ tsp
Urad dal – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig

Wash, trim the ends and chop the karamani into 2'  pieces. Chop the onions finely. Grind all the ingredients mentioned to a coarse paste without adding any water.

In a Microwave safe bowl, add the oil and micro high for 30 secs. Now add the mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves and micro at high for 1 or 2 minutes.

Add the chopped onions and karamani / string beans to this tadka. Add 2 tsp water, mix well close the bowl with a microwave safe lid and micro at high for 5 minutes or till the karamani is cooked.

Now add the coarsely ground paste and 1 tsp oil if preferred. Mix well and micro (without the lid) at high for another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve this as a side dish with any sambar rice.

Note: Cooking time may vary depending on the microwave.
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