Monday, April 16, 2018

Grean beans and Peas Palya / Sabzi / Stir-fry

Sabzi or stir fry prepared in Karnataka is called "Palya". Today , I present to you a palya based on the Udupi cuisine. Green beans and green peas are cooked and then flavored with an aromatic coconut, cashew nut and spice blend.

Try this playa / stirfry in your next meal. One bite and I am sure you will fall in love with it.Besides being extremely tasty, this dish is also gluten free and vegan. Palyas of these type are a normal affair in a typical meal of Dakshina kannada. A palya , rasam and rice combo is a simple  yet the most satisfying meal:)

Note: All measurements are based on the US measuring cup and spoon sizes where 1 cup = 235 ml
  • Green beans : 1.5 cups (chopped)
  • Green peas : 1.5 cups (fresh or frozen)
  • Cashews : 1/4 cup
  • Fresh shredded coconut : 0.5 cups (If using frozen, thaw before using)
  • Jaggery : 2 tsp (powdered) (or as per taste)
  • Dry Byadgi chilies : 2 +2
  • Cumin seeds / jeera : 0.5 tsp
  • Oil : 2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds / rai : 1 tsp
  • Chana dal / Split chickpeas : 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder / Haldi : 0.5 tsp
  • Curry leaves : 6-7
  • Salt as per taste.

  • Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. When hot, add the mustard seeds, chana dal , Byadgi chilies (2 nos). When the seeds start to splutter, add the curry leaves.

  • Add the green beans and green peas. Add the turmeric powder, salt, jaggery powder and 0.5 cup of water. Mix and cook covered on medium heat.

  • While the vegetables are cooking, blend together cashews, 2 Byadgi chilies (increase the number of chilies for more spice), shredded coconut and cumin seeds.
  • Once the vegetables are cooked, add the blended  coconut mixture.Mix and cook for a couple of minutes and turn off the heat.

  • Serve with rice or roti.


  1. This looks like such a wonderful side dish, Shubha. I am always looking for new veg to go with our dinner, and I have or can get everything on the ingredients list. Looking forward to trying it.

  2. A familiar dish, but all worthy as a side dish. I definitely am hailing this food joy and deliciousness.