French Beans with just the right spice
French Beans with just the right spice

Where my weekend meals are all about fun, flair and proteins, my weekday meals are generally put together without much of an ado. Some weeks ago a friend commented on the fact that I didn’t have enough vegetarian stuff on my blog…the next Sunday was thus dedicated to this friend. Though recipes for everyday meals come without a blink of an eye, when you want to take it a notch higher, you need a recipe. Indian food is very precise. An extra teaspoon of a particular spice can change the end product, and taste.

My inspiration for the meal was the humble coconut. Coconut is extremely good for health, as is coconut oil. A teaspoon of this a day is said to help in weight loss! I hope to try it someday, but for now I’ve started to cook with cold pressed coconut oil.

The last time I went to Goa, I came back with two litres of this oil, straight from a friends farm. It’s light in colour and the doesn’t smell as much as other coconut oils do, I don’t know if that’s good or bad, though. Anyways, so this green beans recipe has a definite south indian twist to it, but is perfect combined with a Palak Dal (Lentils cooked with Spinach and rice and may be even the north Indian Rassa Aloo (Potato in a Yoghurt Sauce).

Time taken: 30 minutes

Serves: 2

Skill Level: Basic 

Ingredients:

  • 250 grams French beans, split horizontally
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons grated coconut (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons of split skinned black lentils or udad dal
  • 1 teaspoon of asafoetida
  • 1 teaspoon each fenugreek seeds, cumin seeds and mustard seeds
  • 10-12 leaves of fresh curry leaves
  • 2-3 green chilli, chopped fine
  • Salt to taste.
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil

Method:

Make sure the udad dal goes golden and not brown or your veggie will take on a slightly burnt aroma
Make sure the udad dal goes golden and not brown or your veggie will take on a slightly burnt aroma

1. In a thick bottomed pan heat the oil. When it is hot add the seeds, chilli and curry leaves and wait till the dal turns light brown.
2. Add the onion and saute till translucent.

Fried to perfection. You need to ensure the coconut is golden and the onion translucent
Fried to perfection. You need to ensure the coconut is golden and the onion translucent

3. Add the grated coconut and cook till the coconut is golden.
4. Add the beans and cook for 5 minutes.
5. Add salt and a squeeze of lime and serve immediately.

NOTE: To ensure the beans remain green you must cook the beans just before serving.

A squeeze of lime just before serving will enhance the flavours
A squeeze of lime just before serving will enhance the flavours

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