When it comes to our tradition,there are people who strictly follow the rules for certain pulses on few days of the week.For example,Fridays would be Channa,Saturdays would be Kulith/Horse gram and Monday for Thingalavro/Navy beans.I try to follow the Friday-Channa routine to an extent.According to ma-in-law,these are some simple traditions made by the older generation so that people include pulses in their menu at least twice or thrice a week,good logic,eh?
I usually make a Saarupkari[Recipe below] or Kolmbo using Thingalavro.Inspired by the pictures in KAF,I made a spicy curry with it called Song[similar to Batata Song].Song is a tangy curry which goes well with Rice as well as Rotis.
Thingalavrya Song ~ Navy Beans cooked in a Tangy,spicy Gravy
Thingalavro/Navy beans – ½ cup,soaked overnight or for 6-8 hours
Red chillies – 2-3[roasted in ½ tsp oil]
Tamarind – a small pea size
Onion – 1,big,chopped
Tomato- 1 big,chopped
Oil – 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Cook the beans in a pressure cooker for 20-25 minutes or till soft[shouldn’t become mushy].
Grind to a smooth paste the roasted chillies and tamarind.
In a kadai,add oil and sauté the onions till they start turning golden brown.
Add the ground masala and the chopped tomatoes and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
Mix in the cooked beans and salt to taste.
Let the curry come to a rolling boil,then reduce flame and cook for another 5 minutes.
Thingalavrya Saarupkari - Soak the beans overnight and cook till soft.In a kadai,prepare seasoning of crushed Garlic and red chillies.Mix in the cooked beans and add salt to taste.A simple yet hearty curry!!