Beans Palya from a tin

March 6, 2009




Life has been overtaken by events recently. Work is finally over, 10 days before D-day.

I got a proper send off with Chanel skin goodies and a bang-on-trend silver cuff bracelet. These girls are after my own heart.

In the meantime, mother arrived.  Armed with new recipes, a suitcase of dubious home cures for indigestion and acne and a life time’s supply of dry roasted whole cumin.

I’ve delegated all manner of housework to her and seized my opportunity to accomplish a flurry of last minute activities. A vegan feature for the next issue of Cook Vegetarian magazine. A stream of beauty treatments, acupuncture massages and a promising performance involving gin-soaked puppets.

If I’m going down, I’m going down in style.

Sadly, this blog and blogging have had to take a back seat for a bit. I can’t promise how regular I’ll be in the next few weeks. But in the immortal words of The Terminator – “I’ll be back”.

Meanwhile, here’s a very simple Mixed Beans Palya, stir fried pulses directly from a tin with shredded coconut, from the collection of recipes I contributed to the mag.

Feeds 2:

  • 1 tin mixed cooked beans
  • 2 tsp channa lentils
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened dessicated coconut
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp brown cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Salt to taste


Saute a teaspoon of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, two teaspoons of channa lentils, two dry red chillies and 10 curry leaves in 1 tablespoon of hot oil until light brown.

Mix in two small chopped carrots and one teaspoon of brown cane sugar. Cook for five minutes on a medium flame. Then mix in a washed and drained tin of cooked mixed beans.

Stir-fry for five minutes, making sure the ingredients don’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Finally, stir in two tablespoons of unsweetened desiccated coconut, 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice and salt to taste.


36 Responses to “Beans Palya from a tin”

  1. Konkani Foodie Says:

    April 28th, 2009 at 10:39 am

    This looks good. I have been looking for a salad recipe with cooked beans for a long time. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Eeshani Says:

    April 19th, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Asha korei bhalo achho, meye bhalo achhe.

  3. LiberalFoodie Says:

    April 10th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I assume you’re taking a long needed break with the little one. Congratulations if the baby has already arrived. Sending you lots of hugs and looking forward to reading more from your side.

  4. Anne Says:

    April 9th, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Referring to #26…I am curious about the olive also. Many of my Indian relatives have switched to olive oil in their cooking due to the health benefits. My husband and I have used both butter and olive oil in our sabzis and have not noticed a difference in flavor. Perhaps it depends on whether the olive oil is dark or light?

  5. sandeepa Says:

    March 31st, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Mallika kemon acho ? baby kemon ache ?

  6. Bharti Says:

    March 26th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Stopping by to say hi! Hope you are doing well.

  7. Maninas Says:

    March 22nd, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Wishing you all the best, dearest Mallika! Hugz

  8. Arundhuti Says:

    March 19th, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Best Wishes!

  9. catering equipment Says:

    March 18th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Great recipe and good luck!

  10. Mary Says:

    March 17th, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Oh, that was good bean palya! And very fast too. Thank you so much for this recipe. Best of luck with an easy delivery. Wishing you and baby every happiness.

  11. Elisabeth Says:

    March 16th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I am a bit of a closet vegan so I welcome this latest recipe.

    I will be thinking of you, warrior-woman, and glad your mum is there too.

    Breathe long and slow, stay upright and mobile as much as possible and may the force be with you! Love, Elisabeth X

  12. Mallika Says:

    March 15th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Will miss you but I cant think of a better reason for you to stay away from the blog! Have a safe delivery 🙂

  13. Dave Jones Says:

    March 14th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Hey Mallika,

    nice recipe..picture is cool…Best wishes for a safe delivery. Take care.

  14. kathryn Says:

    March 12th, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Firstly – beautiful recipe (of course) Mallika. Do like that interesting coconut addition.

    But mostly wanted to say best, best, best of luck dearie. And look forward to hearing about the new addition to the Quick Indian Cooking household.

  15. Sia Says:

    March 11th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    all the best darling… waiting to hear gd news from u very soon 🙂

  16. mystic Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Best wishes Mallika !! You have many well-wishers in the blogosphere.

  17. Ali Miraie Says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Simply, well-written _ compact and to the point.
    If I’m not being permissive, could I request your pliant soul to present briefer and the quickest-possible recipes you can dish out in a jiffy from your regal repertoire. Enchantedly, admiringly yours, Ali Miraie, Tehran, Iran, 10th March 2009.

  18. Rashmi Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    So excited for you. Hope all goes smoothly. waiting to hear the good news..take care and all the best

  19. Pavani Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Mallika,

    This is the first time I’m writing on your blog…have been following it quite religiously for some time now… Love your witty style and excellent recipes of course! With D-Day just round the corner, I had to write and wish you all the best with the baby…Take care!


  20. Janis Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 2:51 am

    I am so excited for you. Best wishes for a safe delivery. You will be missed.

  21. notyet100 Says:

    March 9th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    waitin for good news ,.:-)tk care,,..

  22. Cindy Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    All the best for those crazy times ahead, Mallika!

  23. Christie @ Fig & Cherry Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Best of luck Mallika. Fingers crossed for a swift and pain free one! (It’s best to be positive) 😛

  24. RedChillies Says:

    March 8th, 2009 at 6:25 am

    oh, is it time already. Good luck with everything Mallika. We will miss your witty posts. Come back in style though 🙂

  25. Bharti Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Oh wow…you’re like there. Mom’s in town’re all set then! Lotsa luck, and you’re smart to get all pampered. Do keep us posted whenever you get a chance. Take care!

  26. JennDZ_The LeftoverQueen Says:

    March 7th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Best of luck sweetie! Enjoy the time with your new baby! We can all wait and we’ll be here when you get back! *hugs*

  27. A&N Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Best wishes to you! 🙂

    And the pic is awesome!

  28. Jules Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    It doesn’t seem long since you made your announcement! Have a wonderful few weeks and I hope everything goes well.

  29. tbc Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Oh, it’s almost time!!! 🙂
    Don’t even think of your blog for a few months now as there are other more important things in life. I will miss you and your witty posts.
    Wish you the very best as you get ready for your new role.:-)

    Hugs and best wishes, dear Mallika!

  30. Monica Shaw Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Quick question – “channa lentils”. Is that like urad dal?

  31. Monica Shaw Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Thank you for posting a tasty recipe before getting on with the rest of life. Good luck, and I look forward to your return!

  32. sandeepa Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Go and come back in style with all your channel -shammel and the angel of course

    Hugs and best wishes

  33. Asha Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Hi Sweetie, glad you are almost there. Can’t wait to see your angel!
    Have a safe peaceful L and D. Hugs to you and enjoy every moment even if it’s painful at this time but always memorable. See you when I see you! 🙂

  34. indosungod Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Mallika you will be busy to even think about this blog. But will miss you. Best Wishes!

  35. Ann@CookingtheBooks Says:

    March 6th, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Oh, we’ll miss you, Mallika, but can’t think of any better reason to take a blog-break! Take care and don’t keep us waiting too long for news… xxxx

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