Saturday, February 3, 2007

Green Beans Sabzi

This vegetable is so versatile in its use. You can just steam it, boil it, add in soups etc etc. But I love to have it as a sabzi cooked the indian way. At my mom's place we used to make this very simple. You can make it as a curry to but I used to like it this way coz it retains its crunch. The best way to cook this is to make it crunchy and not over cooking and making it soggy! I always like to have this simple meal with some roti and dal too.

Lunch yesterday was roti, farasbi bhaji (green beans sabzi) and some sweet n sour lime pickle given by a friend. Simpleee :)

3 cups green beans, chopped
1 potato, cubed or medium sliced (optional)
1-2 green chillies, chopped or slit vertically
1/2 tspn ajwain
2-3 curry leaves
1/4 tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn jeera (cumin seeds)
1/4 tspn turmeric
A pinch of Sugar
Salt to taste

  1. In some oil, put a tempering of mustard seeds. As they start spluttering, add the curry leaves and jeera and saute.
  2. Add the ajwain and saute a bit.
  3. Add the turmeric, sugar, beans, potato and salt.
  4. Cover and cook for about 8-10 mins.
  5. When cooked, the beans should have a crunch but not undercooked either.
Enjoy with rotis.


Neel Arurkar said...

Dude, was looking up for farasbi bhaji recipe. Well, I had an idea, but this definitely helped. My sabji is tasting good!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe!!

Bharat said...


Just now, I cooked this Sabzi and believe me, my daughter came in the kitchen asking what's cooking ?

She just relished the sabzi alone and the 4 yr old tells me that it's crunchy and she likes it...

BTW, this was my 5th or 6th attempt to make any sabzi, so cheers !!! :)

thanks a ton,
Bharat Gadhavi

Anonymous said...

Hey there!!!
i was looking for some good green bean recipe for my hubby coz he demanded that it should not be soggy..
urs is a superb and fit one turned out great..
thanks for such a nice recipe..
happy cooking

pn2709 said...

Miss Shubha,

I am making this sabzee now and it smells wonderful. I am not a big fan of beans and I hope my mind changes! Just a question for you.. when would it be a good time to add the green chillies? Just after adding the mustard and jeera?


!! Oxymoron !! said...

Hi Shubha,

I made this today (added some carrots, a capsicum to the beans and potatoes) and it was a cracker of a dish! So simple, but such amazing flavors. Thanks for posting!

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