Sauteed Indian green beans with coconut and two standard spices is what makes this dish a dream to make and yummy to eat!
You may call them green beans, french beans, haricots, string beans, snap beans; whatever you refer them as, they are one of the healthiest, tasty and fast cooking vegetable you can find.
String beans have a mellow neutral taste. Some like the taste and others may not, but I guarantee that their thoughts may change if you serve them string beans sauteed with aromatic spices or herbs.
Adding flavour to green beans is such a game changer.
Playing hide and taste is a little trick I follow to make fussy eaters become adventurous with flavour and food!!
This fresh Indian style green beans recipe is a great dish that can be made by even a novice cook.
If you are looking for easy Indian recipes for beginners then this Indian green bean dish is one I surely recommend to start with.
And why is it good for beginner cooks?
Because this super simple and easy French bean meal requires only 5 ingredients, 15 minutes of your cooking time and no complicated cooking process.
And before you can clear the kitchen and lay the table the dish is ready to be served.
This dish breaks all the myth that cooking Indian food is complicated and needs many ingredients.
Cooking with limited ingredients is one of the tip I share to cook Indian food faster.
Apart from the taste and ease of cooking French beans, they are packed with health benefits.
Full of nutrients – All varieties of green beans, be it snap beans, string beans, haricots, French beans are rich in fiber, folic acid and even calcium. This makes it a great food source during pregnancy and breast feeding.
They are also laden with vitamins A,C and K . You can read about more medical facts about green beans here.
Perfect For Keto lifestyle – All ingredients used in this dish is great for anyone on a special diet. This dish is a vegan green beans recipe good for those looking for a low carb, gluten free meal.
Spices for added health & flavour – The addition of 2 spices and coconut elevates the taste and health of this dish in an instead.
Making this Indian string beans requires just 5 simple ingredients baring salt .
I have used freshly shredded coconut but you can use desiccated coconut.
Curry leaves adds an earthy flavour, you can skip this if you do not find curry leaves.
You can buy fresh or dried curry leaves from an Indian store near to you or online such as the one below:
The most commonly used mustard seeds in Indian food is black mustard. If you do not find black mustard seeds then feel free to use yellow mustard seeds. (more cooking tips shared below)
Or buy black mustard seeds directly online.
Yes. You can use frozen green beans for making this dish.
You may however need to saute frozen beans for a bit longer to let the water evaporate first before you add coconut.
The good thing about this basic Indian recipe is that you do not have to use green beans as the only vegetable. The ingredients are so versatile that you can mix -match or alternate ingredients to your liking:
- When buying any type of green beans choose the one that are tender, have a bright green colour and are blemish free. They cook much faster and taste great.
- Spread out the beans on the skillet or pan you use so that they cook faster and evenly.
- If the beans are a bit thick then cover and cook them for 3-5 minutes in the beginning.
- For a hot kick add fresh green chillies or red chilli powder while frying the beans.
- You can also add a hint of lemon juice for a bit of a tang at the end of cooking.
- For best taste of the beans try not to overcook them.
Below are images explaining the step wise cooking process to make Indian style green beans at home.
Heat ghee or oil in pan, add mustard seeds and let it splutter for 30 seconds. Add the chopped greens beans and saute on medium heat for 5-8 mins or until just cooked but still has a crunch.
Once you think the beans is almost cooked add grated fresh or desiccated coconut over the green beans, mix well together, cook or 2 – 4 minutes more and take it off heat.
Serve warm Indian beans with coconut with boiled rice or as a side dish.
|Green beans - 500 gms ( chopped)|
|Coconut (desiccated or fresh) - 1 cup|
|Ghee - 3 tsp|
|Mustard seeds - 2 tsp|
|Curry leaves - 10- 15|