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Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 0 comments

Indian green beans

Indian green beans

I love green beans.This is one vegetable,which I do not have to make  indistinguishable in order to be eaten.I think,green beans are very well liked American vegetable,next to  popular and healthy yet not well liked(among younger demographics esp.)Broccoli.

What is called green beans here is what I have known as ‘French beans’ in India.I liked them a lot,the way my mom makes it and I guess the only way we made it.It is cooked in different ways here and I certainly do not like the most common way it is served ,that is boiled/steamed and sprinkled with salt and pepper,as if just out of can,microwaved and put on your plate.I know this tasteless version is healthy for you though.

One striking difference I have noticed the way it is being prepared in restaurant here are ,they are not cut/broken into smaller pieces.They are cooked in one long piece,often.So now let me tell you how I made them.I really don’t know how much green beans I used.You will get the idea by looking at the picture.

Indian green beans


  1. Green beans cut
  2. 1/4 tsp of Cumin seeds
  3. 2 Cloves garlic
  4. pinch of chili flakes
  5. Dash of Turmeric
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Oil


  1. Season the oil with cumin seeds,when oil is hot.
  2. Add Green beans,chopped garlic,chili flakes,salt to it.
  3. Cover it and let it cook at medium low for 15-20 mins.
  4. Check in between to make sure it doesn't burn.I served it along with 'Gobi Paratha'.

Yummy Notes:

  • I prefer my  beans NOT crunchy.It has to be well cooked and soft.If it is crunchy, to me,it is under cooked and i don’t find it very appetizing.
  • Crunchy version may be better off with Salad.

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