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
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 .


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

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

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

  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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