It’s true! And I love to keep things simple in the kitchen; ingredients that remind me of my mom’s cooking, recipes that are familiar, meals that bring the family together. But sometimes one gets tired of the over emphasis on simple. Creativity wants to be challenged.
Stir fried green beans are my family’s favourite side dish with roasts and lentils but at times good old favourites also need to be tweaked to keep the excitement going around the dinner table. Without taking a giant leap outside my comfort zone, this recipe creates a side dish which serves this purpose. A few simple and easily available ingredients take this recipe to a whole different level of deliciousness.
This stir fried green beans recipe is inspired by the South Indian style ‘beans poriyal’ and Sindhi ‘Guvaar bhaji’ which is a cluster beans dry curry. I make mine with less spices and reduced cooking time to keep the beans crunchy. From chopping the beans to serving it hot, the recipe takes no more than 20 minutes and gets done in one pan with very little oil. Don’t you just love it when simplicity and creativity walk hand in hand!
For a quicker and more flavourful dish, use tender and crisp French beans.
1/2 kg green beans/French beans
2 tablespoons olive or sunflower oil
2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoons red chilli flakes
3 tablespoons desiccated coconut
Salt to taste
Juice of one lemon