We konkanis eat all veggies in the form of stir fries called as upakari in konkani. Upakaris are very easy to prepare and take very less prep time. They make a simple, healthy, side dish with a flavourful seasoning and grated coconut. Upakaris are prepared as a side dish with rice, for lunch and dinner.
The only drawback to konkanis upakaris is us overcooking the veggies as we are hell bent on cooking them until done or else we complain of the taste(how undercooked it is). I make it a point that I don't overcook the veggies so the that we don't lose the nutrients and goodness of the veggies.
15-20 spring beans
2 tablespoons of grated coconut
1 tablespoon of oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon urad dal
1 dried red chilli
1 leaflet of curry leaves
2 green chillies
salt to taste
Finely chop beans on washing.
Heat oil in a wok and add mustard seeds. Once the mustard starts popping add urad dal, slit green chillies and red chilli cut into small pieces and fry for a minute.
Once the urad dal starts to brown, add curry leaves and fry for 20 seconds.
Then add the chopped beans and mix. Add salt, 1/2 cup water and cook closed until done.
Stir in between and make sure all the water hasn't evaporated. Add more water if needed and continue cooking.
When the beans are done and all the water has evaporated, add grated coconut and mix.
Remove off heat and serve hot.
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