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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Green Bean Stew


Next up a side dish to go along with my delicious rice, posted yesterday. It goes well with plain rice as well.
I discovered this recipe in a middle eastern cookbook long time ago and again found it in another middle eastern cookbook by Suzanne Hussaini . Its a lovely stew made with green beans and tomatoes and loads of garlic. I made mine with less garlic than the original one and used curry leaves and chillies and spiced it up with cumin and a tiny bit of chilli powder.
Recipe : Green Bean Stew, recipe adapted from  the recipe, green bean stew from the book When Suzane Cooks by Suzanne Hussaini

250g Green beans,
1 onion, chopped
8 cloves garlic , peeled
4 medium tomatoes
2 tsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp good quality red chilli paste
1-2 green chillies, slit in half lengthwise
8 curry leaves
1 cup water
oil about 2 tbsp
salt
1 tsp sugar

Wash and string the beans ( important to wash the vegetables thoroughly, you never know how they were handled :P ), cut the beans diagonally and set aside.

Bring a pan of water to boil , once it starts to boil add the tomatoes, whole , switch off heat cover and set aside for 10 minutes. , drain , and cool, under tap water and remove the skin of the tomatoes. ( you can watch a video here on how to skin tomatoes. Cut in half and place in blender along with the garlic and one cup of water. Blend to a puree.

Heat pan with oil, add onions and curry leaves and let it soften a little. Add the tomato mixture , along with spices, tomato paste and chillies.

Stir in the beans, and bring the mixture to a boil then simmer covered for 10 -15 minutes.... till beans are tender.

Taste add salt and sugar. The sugar cuts the sharpness of the tomatoes.  The sauce will be reduced and slightly thick.

Enjoy as a side dish with rice .

5 comments:

  1. My kind of side dish...light, healthy yet full of flavour and delicious. A good one, Nammi.

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  2. looks delicious a little like the way the Greeks cook green beans

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  3. I have always made only stir fry with beans, this looks really interesting... love beans in any form...

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  4. This recipe reminds me of my grandma (she would have her 80th birthday today, but she died 4 years ago), she made the same dish all the time in summer, only the spices were different.

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