Saturday, September 16, 2017

FARASBI CHI SABZI

FARASBI CHI SABZI ( FRENCH BEANS STIR FRY)

Having lived in Pune for a few years, there are some Maharashtrian dishes which I came to like and make at home. Elsewhere in this blog, for example, you will find recipes for Kothimbir Vadi, Hirwi Mirchi cha Thecha, and Maharashtrian Pitla from Maharashtrian cuisine.

Today's recipe is for a simple yet tasty side dish called Farasbi chi Sabzi, farasbi being the Marathi word for French Beans. Many recipes in Maharashtrian cuisine call for the use of "Goda Masala" which is traditionally made and stored at home. I have, however, used store bought Bedekar's Goda Masala.



Ingredients:

  • Farasbi (French Beans), 250 grams
  • Peanuts, 2 heaped tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Hing, (Asafoetida), 1/8 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a few
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Bedekar Goda Masala Powder, 2 tsp 
  • Jaggery, grated, 1 tsp
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Oil, 2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste

Method:

Wash and string the French Beans  and cut them diagonally into 1 and 1/2 inch pieces
Dry roast the peanuts, and when they are cool enough to handle remove the skin
In a small mixer jar, make the peanuts into a coarse powder and keep aside
Heat oil in a kadhai and when it gets hot add mustard seeds, when they splutter, add hing, few curry leaves and saute for a few seconds
Add the French Beans, salt, sprinkle a little water and cook covered on medium flame till the beans get done. Make sure they are not overcooked as they should remain crunchy even when cooked
To this add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, goda masala powder and grated jaggery
Mix well and cook for a few minutes till the raw smell of the spices goes
Add the coarsely ground peanut powder
Mix well so that the French Beans  are well blended with the peanut powder
Finally squeeze the juice of half a lemon and serve