Monday, 14 April 2014

Green Beans Sabzi/ Green beans (as a side)- - Meat Free Monday

Green beans sabzi - Meat free Monday 

 Quick, delicious and easy crunchy green veg recipe. Enjoy with Phulkas  or your Wrap, as a side or on its own.

Green beans sabzi - Meat free Monday
Green beans sabzi

I have been away from the blog for quite some time now, with the weather getting better I can’t imagine myself being at home and so I have been spending way too much time outside. Doesn’t mean I am not cooking, still cooking  but a lot easier food  except when we have our friends around or we are eating out which is every weekend. But weekdays is a different story with A's obsession of being fit. And so we have religiously followed one trend and that is Meat free Mondays and take my word for it, it is definitely rewarding. If you would like to give it a try, every Monday I would share with you my favorite meat free recipe.  I am starting with a super easy and super quick recipe ( to inspire you)  that needs very little ingredients and very little time.

A few fine green beans (buy the trimmed ones if you are lazy like me) cut into half (while still in the packet), wash. Sauté in a table spoon of oil

Green beans

Add spices,this dish  majorly gets its taste from turmeric and coriander powder but you could skip coriander and replace it with any other spice like Garam masala or curry powder for a kick, Mix well.

Add spices
Saute if you have the time or cover and cook for 10 min
Cook green beans to remove the rawness yet firm to bite

 Some lemon juice, adds just a little tang to the sweet, crunchy texture of the beans

Add lemon Juice
How easy was that! And still unbelievably tasty and mind you healthy ;)

Green Beans Sabzi
Green Beans Sabzi
Cook time:  15 min (may vary on the quantity of the beans used)

Serves: 2 to 3

Fine green beans (fresh) – 220gm / 1 pack/ as much as you like
Oil – 1 tbsp.
Turmeric- ½ tsp
Chilly Powder – ½ tsp (optional)
Green Chilly-1/2 chopped (optional)
Coriander powder or garam masala or curry powder- 1 tsp.
Juice of one Lemon wedge (optional)
Salt to taste


1.       Wash and cut the beans into half.
2.       Heat a tbsp. of oil in a pan; add the green beans, spices, salt to taste and sauté.
3.       Cook covered for  10 min on medium to high heat  sautéing occasionally ( should retain its green color and crunch without tasting too raw)
4.       Once cooked add the lemon juice, mix well and serve!

1.       This recipe works best with fresh fine green beans which adds natural sweetness to this dish.
2.       If you find it watery after adding the lemon juice, sauté on high heat for a min or 2.
3.       Don’t overcook it; you’re looking for a naturally sweet crunch and a hint of sour and spice seasoning.

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