Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fresh Black Eyed Beans with Cluster Bean Chutney ~ Mutikaya Alasanda Mirapa Thokku!

Ok now that we have a bag full of fresh black eyed beans, I asked Athamma for different recipes that she remembers from her childhood. I guess all it took was that question, I could immediately see Athamma reminiscing about her childhood days when her Mom used to prepare this thokku, which was liked and much in demand. Since this uses fresh alasanda, it was mostly prepared during this time. She said she still remembers running up and down the stairs along with her brothers, while her mom used to stuff this with Jonna Rotti and drop it as a ball for the kids to catch it! How really sweet!


I called her in the afternoon and asked what was the dinner plan, she said she was going to make this. I was really intrigued with the texture and the taste and I am sure my hubby dear remembered eating this at his grandma's place. This is so typically rustic Andhra, that it takes one a while to get used to the taste and feel. But am sure one you get to taste it again, you get hooked.



Those days it was mostly ground using the grinding stone, so you always know when to add which and the consistency of the ingredients. But with that stone no longer a part of our kitchen gadget, I feel we sorely miss it. The food processor or the mixer doesn't do much justice to those good old stones!

Ingredients Needed:

Cluster Beans - 100 gms
Fresh Black Eyed Beans - 100 gms
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Green Chilies - 4 -6 longs
Onions - 1 medium
Tomato - 1 medium
Garlic - 2 cloves
Turmeric powder a pinch
Fresh coconut - 2 tsp
Fresh/ Roasted Groundnut - handful
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves few
Oil - 2 tsp
Water - 1 cup

Method to prepare

First grind green chillies, onions, garlic, coriander leaves along with coriander powder roughly.

Then add the coconut and ground nuts and again run for a minute. It should not be a smooth but still not very coarse.

In a pan take water, add oil and the ground paste along with Black Eyed beans, chopped tomatoes, turmeric and salt. Bring this to boil.

Cook it under sim, till you get a thick consistency.

You will need to feel the chunky cluster beans with Alasanadallu in between, then its really awesome!

Another entry for My legume Love affair, hosted on my blog, an event started by Susan!


Check out my instant Paneer Cheese Rolls
that I made for Kids, which is my entry for this month's MEC event on Paneer!

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12 comments :

sra said...

This is as ethnic as it comes, Valli! I've never heard of this!

A_and_N said...

I love Andhra food, and I love thokku. So, I should try this!

Siri said...

That's one unique combo valli. lovely pics tooo :)

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Ashwini said...

Very unique and different.looks yummyy..

Happy cook said...

I have never had these, ofcourse i have not how can i have something so traditional .
It looks so yumm.

Vidhya said...

really really new dish to me.. looks really yum too..

jayasree said...

Never heard of these kind of thokku. Thanks for sharing an authentic recipe.

Navita said...

great thokku...n the cheese rolls also sound great :)

AnandaSindhu said...

SriValli...i follow ur blog daily and i tried many of ur recipes and they turned out gr888...this tokku looks gr888 m gonna try this one soon....i tried emailing u but wasnt succesfull i really appreciate if u can send me menu planner...i really loved the idea....can u plz send it to sindhu.nallan@gmail.com....thnx a lot in advance

Adlak's tiny world said...

new dish to me.. looks diffrnt and unique one.

anu said...

look cool. i will surely tryit

Asha said...

Great dishes, love fresh beans but I only get canned! :))

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