Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FRENCH BEANS AND GARLIC

FRENCH BEANS AND GARLIC

They say that our Indian version of "Chinese" cooking is really not authentic but perhaps more of what may be called "Indian Chinese." Be that as it may, we love it!! Some recipes that I have tried and enjoyed include Hakka Mushrooms, and Spring Onion and Chili Fried Rice. 

This addition to my list of Indian-Chinese recipes is French Beans and Garlic adapted from Tarla Dalal. In this, French Beans are tossed with fresh sliced garlic and soya sauce to make a delightful accompaniment to Fried Rice or Noodles.




Ingredients: 

  • French Beans, 2 cups
  • Garlic, finely chopped, 2 tsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce, 1 tbsp
  • Sugar, 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Cornflour, 1 tbsp
Method:

De-string and blanch the French Beans. Cut them into long strips. Keep aside.
Dissolve the cornflour in 2 tbsp of water. Keep aside.
Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai. When it gets heated and smokes, add the chopped garlic and saute on high flame for about 30 seconds or till the garlic turns golden brown
Add the blanched French Beans, mix well and saute on high flame for 2-3 minutes
Add the sugar, soya sauce and salt, 
Toss well and saute on high flame for another minute
Add the cornflour mixture, (which acts as a thickening agent to bind the beans together), mix well and cook for a few seconds
Serve hot with fried rice or noodles