Kara Paasip Payaru Thoovaiyal / Spiced Mashed Green Grams (Mung Bean)

A savory little treat, particularly tasty with a cup of hot tea. Rich in vitamins and minerals, and packed full of protein!

2/3 c. green grams / mung beans
2 c. water
1/4 t. ground turmeric
1/2 t. salt
1 T oil
5 pearl onions, diced small
5 dried chilies, broken into small pieces
1 stalk curry leaves (about one dozen)

1/2 t. mustard seeds

1. Rinse and soak green grams in water for 4-5 hours (or overnight).

2. Transfer grams and water to a saucepan; add turmeric and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until grams are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.

3. While grams are cooking, in a separate pan, heat oil and sauté remaining ingredients, stirring, until onions are golden-translucent, about 5-10 minutes.

4. When grams are cooked, pour off any excess water, then mash. (You can do this easily in a food processor.) Mix in seasoned onions, and let cool.

5. Shape into small round balls; serve as a snack with tea, or to accompany a rice and curry meal.

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