Papdi lilva nu shaak - Hyacinth Beans or Indian broad beans stir fry - Sem Phali ki sabji

It's simple. Great ingredients make great food !

"You must be very lucky as your Mum is a food blogger, lots of treats must be brought on the table everyday, bet you look forward to your meal times " on countless occasions my daughter's friends have mentioned this to her. Her reply would be that " Mum seems to take pride in all her efforts, whether for  the most simple food to the extraordinary dishes, even the easiest of everyday meals seems like very special. The reason being that she is one to use freshest of ingredients and keeps it very simple"

I come from a very ordinary family background ( simple living ). My parents never made big fuss about their status or their appearance in everyday living, so i am the same. Despite living in a cosmopolitan city, we try to keep things simple. eg. I am not obsessed in wearing a makeup or perfume everyday or if my eyebrows little overgrown I don't get distressed.

Many of the simple yet delightful foods are forgotten by me, as a ritual I've always looked out for something 'special' to feed this blog. You tend to forget these dishes because you make them everyday and don't need much attention or skill to cook. These are the dishes that provides you different tastes and choices for everyday meal, they are worth a treasure !

My mum always prepared for us  simple yet tasty and healthy meals, she wouldn't get stressed over not making lengthy processed meals, but she would make sure she uses good ingredients, those dishes which does not need measurements or skills but straight and simple recipes which includes basic ingredients. She always loved to use green vegetables in her cooking but I disliked many green vegetables when I was young. Taste Buds changed when I grew older and followed her footsteps but things are different here , my both kids like to eat almost every green vegetable since their young age ( hope it stays this way too ) we have massive collection of our favourite green vegetable foods.

Talking about favourites, this is one of our favourite dish. My son can easily relish 200-300 g in one sitting, it is something I cook quite regular, it's a everyday kind of dish. So simple in cooking yet so satisfying and flavourful, Papdi Lilva nu shaak ( Hyacinth Beans stirfry ).

Papdi lilva nu shaak, something that, probably it is never prepared by anyone on special occasions as many people does not fancy its taste. I don't think you can find it in any restaurants either but definitely it rules in almost every Gujarati household. Almost every winter in India, Mum used to prepare this saak either own it's own or sometimes she would add Ringna ( eggplant ). My MIL used to combine with potatoes too. I make it too. but today I'll share with you Papdi lilva nu shaak, either way, we find this saak delicious, it provides plenty of fibre and protein. Certainly it makes a healthier choice and easy to digest too.

With this such recipes, everyone has their own version to make it. This is how I make it and my mum used to make with basic spices and masala, little lemon and pinch of sugar in the end. It pairs well with Gujarati dal or Gujarati kadhi, steamed rice and Chapatti or Millet roti ( Bajri na rotla ) and chaas for a dinner or lunch.

You will need :-

  • 500 g papdi ( not surti papdi )
  • 3 -4 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. ajwain ( carom seeds )
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic ( optional )
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 3 tsp. dhanajiru powder ( coriander and cumin powder )
  • 1/4 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar or any ( optional )
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Handful fresh coriander to garnish
Method :-
Wash the papdi thoroughly in water.
Take each papdi, remove the string bit and separate into two parts, check for anything rotten in there.
Heat pressure cooker and heat oil.
Add carom seeds, once crackle add minced garlic and fry for few seconds.
Add papdi and all the masala along with salt.
Mix well and add less than 1/4 cup water ( here in UK our vegetables don't need too much water, so add according to your requirement )
Close the cooker lid and let the cook saak till one whistle ( again 
Let the pressure cooker cool naturally.
Add sugar and lemon, mix and garnish with the chopped coriander leaves. 
Serve hot.
Enjoy !

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