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Papdi beans are available in the winter months.
Papdi beans, or green flat beans, are a big part of cuisine in the Guajarati region in west India. It is known by several names both in India and abroad. Scientifically known as Dolichos lablab, it is known as Valore bean, Val bean or warlor papdi, and Indian Bean in the US.
Papdi beans are long, flat beans with smooth, green skin. Papdi beans are picked when young and still tender. Older, more mature beans get woody and fibrous and are inedible. They have a taste similar to green beans.
Papdi beans are often served as an accompaniment to meat or fish dishes. It is used extensively in Indian cuisine and is typically found in 'Subzis' or vegetable dishes, either sautéed or baked. Young beans are washed thoroughly and the ends and strings are removed. The Indian beans can be blanched prior to preparing, to save time. Cut pods into one inch sections, or remove the young, tender seeds and add to salads or soups. Dried seeds are not edible.
Papdi beans are native to India and are part of the Dolichos genus. They are referred to botanically as the Hyacinth bean and are commonly seen as ornamental vines in gardens in warm, sub-tropical regions.
Recipes that include Papdi Beans. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Red Chillies||Papdi ki Sabzi (Indian Flat Beans Curry)|