Beans taste best when stir-fried adding some powdered nuts or chickpea-flour. This stir-fry requires fresh, dark green and tender french beans. It should snap easily between your fingers. Older beans have lot of fibers and should be avoided because it takes long time to cook and by that time it will loose all its crunch and color.
If french beans are not available you can try this recipe with tender
Cuba beans (also known as yard long beans, barbati, alasande, chauli chya shenga or lobia ki phali)
Indian flat beans (also known as sem ki phali, chapparada avarekayi, val papdi ).
Beans is steamed first and then spiced with chickpea powder masala, garlic and onion.
Applicance- Rice cooker/ Microwave/ Stove top
Cooking time- 8-10 mins steaming
8 mins frying (halve the time if cooking in the microwave)
- 2 cups (400 ml chopped french beans, fresh or frozen- do not defrost before steaming)[buy 250g beans]
- 2 green chillies, chopped into big pieces (optional, only if you want it more hot)
- 6 cloves garlic (slit into two and peeled) or 1/8 tsp garlic powder (optional)
- 100 ml (about 1medium sized) onion chopped
- 2 tbsp Chickpea masala powder/ Peanut masala powder
- 2 tsp oil
Preparing this is very easy-
Steam the beans in the rice cooker for 10 mins till cooked. If you want crunchy cook less time.
Transfer the beans into a bowl and mix Chickpea masala powder into this. Check the salt and add about 1/4 tsp salt if required.
Remove the water from the rice cooker and wipe it with a towel.
Add oil into the pan and cover with the lid. Press the 'cook' mode.
When the oil is hot put garlic and green chillies and stir-fry it for a minute and then add onion.
Cover the pan with the lid and check whether the cooker is in 'cook' mode, if not press it.
Cover and cook the onion till soft and translucent.It should lose its raw smell (about 3 mins).
Throw in the steamed and masala coated french beans.
Cook for 3 mins, tossing regularly to ensure everything is mixed properly.
Serve hot or cold with any bread or rotis or as a sidedish along with steamed rice and Tomato dal/ konkani dal.
Variation- Steam french beans and green peas. Put this into a non-stick pan or electric rice cooker pan. Mix little oil and salt into this. Sprinkle Instant peanut pd masala for stir-fry on top and cover and cook for 2 mins. Open the lid and stir fry for a minute.
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