Saturday, August 31, 2013

Beany brunch

A good day to everyone... Brunch today is simple. Without a reason, I have a great craving for beans. Not any kind of beans but just burmese yellow beans. Yes, it's burmese yellow beans... you must be wondering what kind of beans are these.

This type of beans is one of the main ingredient of many Burmese breakfast dishes - knowing as boiled yellow beans called 'pe byouk'. It literally means boiled beans. 'Pe' is beans, 'byouk' means boiled. In order to prepare a dish with these yellow beans, sprouting of the yellow beans are needed. In Burma, 'pe byouk' is used for traditional breakfast in town and country alike, 'htamin jaw', fried rice with 'pe byouk' and 'yei nway jan' (burmese tea). Besides, it is also used with paratha, 'kauk nyin paung' (black sticky rice), 'hsi htamin' (yellow sticky rice), 'mont pyet talet' (rice pancake) and even with a bowl of plain white rice.

Burmese yellow beans are also called yellow peas or 'vatana' in Indian. However, in Singapore, it is not necessary for you to scout for it at Little India, you can easily purchased it in City Hall, Peninsula Plaza. And usually, it is already sprouted and it's not costly - S$2.00 per packet.

Paratha with yellow beans

Ingredients needed:
3 pieces of paratha (which can be purchased from local supermarkets, alternatively, you can use naan or pita bread)
1 cup of boiled yellow beans (as mentioned above, you can easily purchase it at Peninsula Plaza)
1 yellow onion, sliced
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil
1 pinch of turmeric powder 
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of sugar
2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon of fried shallots with garlic, for garnishing

Method to prepare:
Heat oil in a frying pan, add the sliced yellow onion and turmeric powder. Stir fry it till it turns light brown and soft. Add in the boiled yellow beans and stir fry them for 3 to 5 mins. Depending on your taste, one can mash them a bit or keep them whole. Season it with salt and sugar. And then lastly, add in the water. This is to soften the beans.

Garnish with fried shallots with garlic.

Serve it with warm paratha, naan or pita bread. It's really your own preference!

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