“Taking the humble FRENCH BEAN to the next level”
Here’s the thing- I love vegetables…
Here’s another thing- I’m a little picky with the vegetables I eat… (I think everyone somewhere has that same thing common with me)
I eat vegetables only if :
- It doesn’t appear to look too healthy, visually.
- Bitter gourd or karela is prepped well by cutting it and soaking it in brine and then later cooking it with some prawns.
- There’s potatoes added to it. A lot of them.
- It is homemade.
- It has grated coconut added to it for that extra Goan flavour. Mostly. Sometimes I eat vegetables prepared without coconut.
- They can be quickly prepared.
- I don’t have to eat it thinking I have to diet or eat more veggies to lose weight. Weird but true.
Does this happen to you too, in your mind you know veggies are good for you. But at the same time if your eating it with the motive to lose weight, because someone told you to, and not just because you like the vegetable or it is a part of the meal your heart automatically gets very angry because you have to eat the vegetable for all the wrong reasons in your mind. Use to happen to me many years back…
Ok, I don’t mean to offend any vegetarians here but I’m only speaking after going through #bodyshaming in the most subtle ways and being told…”Oh! Just eat more vegetables and you’ll definitely lose weight and be healthier.” Not that those people were wrong but sometimes it can affect some people in unspoken ways. Just a small rant. Maybe, I’m wrong…
So, with that I would like to introduce you to my deliciously craved vegetable dish: FRENCH BEAN PORIYAL.
Disclaimer: Oh! No. No. French beans are not my favourite vegetable. I like some locally (Goan) leafy veggies like white raddish- also known as mooli, red amaranth leaves-also known as tambdi bhaji, POTATOES-definitely, etc. just to name a few of my favourite veggies.
- 200gms French beans, chopped
- Freshly grated coconut-50gms
- 3 medium sized onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1tsp turmeric powder
- 1tbsp mustard seeds
- 2tbsp oil
- Few fresh curry leaves
- 1 pkt of Maggi Masala a Magic (if not available substitute with 1 tsp chilli powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp garam masala powder)
- 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
- Salt to taste
- Keep all the mis en place ready so that you can start cooking right away.
- In a skillet heat oil, add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Let the seeds crackle.
- Add the garlic and sauté without letting it burn.
- Then, add the turmeric and after giving it good stir within half a min add the onions and let them sweat well…
- Once the onions are done, add the French beans and grated coconut, and sauté on a medium flame with a covered lid of 5mins.
- Add a little water and let it cook on a low flame until the French beans are cooked well. Do not over cook the vegetable.
- Remove the lid and let any gravy left dry out…
Btw, I have a confession to make: I can have a bowl full of this vegetable as a meal just by itself.
Have you ever done that?
Also, if you make the recipe- do not forget to tag me…
Have a lovely weekend ahead!!!!!!