Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sem beans veggie

Sem ki phalli, Hyacinth Beans or Indian Broad beans are available in Bangalore all year round, and are one of those veggies which taste really god if you find them fresh. And I thought of making these when I saw the Fava Beans event posted by Heni.

I made a simple curry was very flavorful. We had these with rotis and dal for dinner.

Sem beans in mustard gravy
(Somehow this dish always reminds me of my Aaji (grandma). She used to make this a lot with mustard seeds powder.

2 tbsp oil
1 onion , 1 tomato - chopped
1 medium potato, boiled, peeled and cubed
Salt to taste
1 tsp each Turmeric powder, coriander powder and all spice / garam masala
Sem beans - 250 grams, tops and tails removed, threaded (side strings removed) and chopped into pieces
1 large tbsp mustard seeds powder
1/4 cup water

Heat oil in  a wok. Add cumin for tempering, add onions and stir fry until lightly browned. Add tomatoes, salt,  mix well. Cook till the raw smell disappears and add all spices and cubed potato. Let cook for a min. Add the chopped beans, fry for a couple of mins, cook covered. Add msutard seeds powder and cook covered for another couple of mins, stirring occasionally.Add water, cover and let the beans cook in this water. I let the water dry up cos that's how I like it.

Serve warm.

This is going to-
fava beans food event hosted by Heni. Check her blog for some awesome recipes! I am thankful to her for letting me participate in her event, even though these beans are not fava beans :)


  1. Dear Richa, sorry for contacting you so late. was away to my Mom's place and could not reply earlier than this. Its a great pleasure to have you with us in Arusuvai. please send me your e mail id to and I will let you know all the details about it.

    you have one lovely space here and your pineapple sambar is something that am going to try next. looks absolutely tempting. also I love the name of your blog. when I thought of starting my own food blog I considered this name as well. very aptly named.