I’ve been getting so inspired this weekend reading Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Easy Vegetarian and really wanted to try these green beans.
It’s a side dish really but I couldn’t wait to make it as part of a bigger meal, so cooked it this morning and had with noodles for brunch … and loved it.
I think it works perfectly on it’s own like this with noodles or with rice and it’s really simple too.
I adapted slightly (eg I didn’t have any asofoetida and I was making a much smaller quantity) so if you’re just making a portion for you to have with noodles too, here’s how I made mine.
most of the beans from a packet (mine was 220g and I had all but a few that I want for a salad later
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
1-2 green chilies, finely chopped
2 teaspoons or so of freshly peeled and grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
a tablespoon or two of water
Put a pan of water on to boil whilst you top and tail the beans and cut into smaller pieces. I actually didn’t top and tail mine but just topped because I like how the little curly tails look!
When the water’s boiling drop in the beans and boil rapidly for five minutes, then strain and set aside.
Put a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil, swirl to cover the pan.
When it’s hot, drop in the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.
Take the pan off the heat and add the chillies and ginger - this will sizzle! Stir a few times then add the beans, salt, coriander and water.
Put back on the heat and turn it down low. Cook the beans very gently for another five minutes, stirring now and then.
While the beans were cooking gently I made my noodles and then just stirred them in when the beans were done.
So simple and so good.