Beans Palya from a tin

Mallika Basu - Beans Palya from a tin

Posted 6th March 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. […] Original post:  Down but not out […]

  2. 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

  3. indosungod says:

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

  4. Asha says:

    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! 🙂

  5. sandeepa says:

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

    Hugs and best wishes

  6. Monica Shaw says:

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

  7. Monica Shaw says:

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

  8. tbc says:

    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!

  9. Jules says:

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

  10. A&N says:

    Best wishes to you! 🙂

    And the pic is awesome!

  11. 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*

  12. Bharti says:

    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!

  13. RedChillies says:

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

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

  15. Cindy says:

    All the best for those crazy times ahead, Mallika!

  16. notyet100 says:

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

  17. Janis says:

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

  18. Pavani says:

    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!


  19. Rashmi says:

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

  20. Ali Miraie says:

    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.

  21. mystic says:

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

  22. Sia says:

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

  23. kathryn says:

    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.

  24. Dave Jones says:

    Hey Mallika,

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

  25. Mallika says:

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

  26. Elisabeth says:

    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

  27. Mary says:

    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.

  28. Great recipe and good luck!

  29. Maninas says:

    Wishing you all the best, dearest Mallika! Hugz

  30. Bharti says:

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

  31. sandeepa says:

    Mallika kemon acho ? baby kemon ache ?

  32. Anne says:

    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?

  33. 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.

  34. Eeshani says:

    Asha korei bhalo achho, meye bhalo achhe.

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

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