Monday, 16 March 2015

Indian Style Sword Bean Pod/Cod Stirfry ~ Aab or Abai / Bedavyachya Shengenchi Bhaji

Sword bean pod/cod is very rare vegetable, available in January to April. This vegetable is known as "Abai/अबई or Aab/आब or Bedava/बेडवा" in Maharashtra. This vegetable is very tasty. Preparation is quite tricky but taste is really well.

  • Sword bean pod/cod (Bedavyachi Sheng, Aab or Abhay chi sheng)- 1 (approx 1 cup)
  • Onion, chopped- ½ cup
  • Garlic cloves, crushed- 3
  • Homemade mix masala or red chilli powder- ½ tsp
  • Goda masala- ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Hing- ¼ tsp
  • Mustard seeds- ½ tsp
  • Oil- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Fresh coriander, chopped- 2 tbsp

Wash this pod.

Cut lengthwise into two halves. 

Remove it's veins/threads and inner white fleshy part. There is thin but tough and transparent sheet like plastic paper inside this pod, discard this sheet also. 

Cut this pod into small pieces. Now this is ready for cook.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. When the splattering starts, add garlic and onion, sauté till translucent.
Add turmeric, hing and sauté for a while.
Add mix masala and sauté for a while. 
Add this vegetable, goda masala and salt. Mix well. 
Sprinkle little water. Cover & cook for 10-15 minutes or till cooked on low heat. Stir occasionally.
Garnish with chopped coriander. You can add some scrapped fresh coconut.
Serve hot with chapati or dal-rice.

This vegetable is seasonal. These pods grows on creepers. This creeper climbs on another tree. This is my mom's back yard at Murud-Janjira.

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