Note: OK, it cooks in less than 15 minutes, it's got almost no fat and it tastes really wonderful. What's the catch? We're still looking for one. This recipe is from Nirmala Kripanarayanan, who comes from Southern India. It's an example of Hindu vegetarian cooking at its best. You can sometimes find it on the menu at India's Tandoori, a restaurant in West Los Angeles that Kripanarayanan and her family run.
Heat oil in skillet. Add mustard and cumin seeds. When mustard seeds pop, add dal, onion and jalapenos. Cook until onion is tender-crisp. Add curry leaves and turmeric and cook briefly. Add green beans and stir to mix with seasonings. Add coconut and continue to stir. Add salt and cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring. Beans should be slightly crisp. Check seasoning. Serve garnished with cilantro.
Makes 8 servings.
Each serving contains about: 49 calories; 594 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 2 grams fat; 7 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 1 gram fiber.