Friday, October 3, 2008

Black Bean Sabzi

Black beans is also known by the name "Kala Police" in Pune. Not aware of why the name "Kala Police", but it makes a very tasty sabzi. I grind all the spices fresh and that also gives a distinct flavor to the sabzi. Here is the recipe.

1 cup black beans
2 medium onions
1 tomato
2 garlic cloves
4-5 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves chopped
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
4-5 kashmiri chilies
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon jaggery or gur
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
salt for taste


Wash and soak black beans for 8-10 hours. Wash the beans well and keep aside. Chop the onion and tomato into small pieces. Add oil in a pan and add cumin seeds. Add chopped garlic and onion and fry till the onion is brown in color. Add the tomato and cook till the tomato is soft. Fry the kashmiri chilies and coriander seeds for 4-5 minutes and powder them. Mix this powder and the jaggery with the masala. Add turmeric powder and 3 tablespoon coriander leaves to the masala. Cook for 3 minutes and add black beans and 1 1/2 cups of water. Add salt for taste and mix well. Pressure cook the beans till soft. Garnish with the remaining coriander leaves and garam masala. Serve hot with roti.

Preparation time: 40 minutes excluding soaking time
Serves: 2-3