Sunday, January 6, 2019



French Beans is perhaps one of the most commonly available vegetables in India. It is used in the cuisines of different parts of the country. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes using French Beans in the South-Indian style French Beans Moong Dal Stir Fry, Farasbi chi Sabzi from Maharashtrian cuisine, and our very own Konkani dish, Beans Talasani.

Today's recipe has been adapted from Green Beans with Sesame Seeds Masala by Chef Sanjay Thumma/ Vah Chef.

We enjoyed this as a side dish with rice and dal.


  • French Beans, 250 gms
  • Sesame Seeds, ( Til) 1 tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Garlic Cloves, 4
  • Coconut Gratings, 1 tbsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, 1 sprig
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 1 tsp
  • Water, as required
  • Oil, 2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste


Wash, de-string and cut them into 1/4 " pieces and keep aside.
Dry roast the coconut gratings till they become slightly golden and keep aside
In a pan, dry roast the sesame seeds and cumin seeds on slow flame for about 2 minutes
Switch off the flame
To this, add the garlic cloves, roasted coconut gratings, chilli powder and salt
Mix well and transfer to a small blender jar and make a coarse powder and keep aside
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan and when it gets hot add the mustard seeds on moderate heat
When the mustard seeds splutter add the curry leaves, chopped French Beans, turmeric powder and a little salt ( remember that some salt has already been added when making the sesame-seeds cumin powder) 
Sprinkle a little water and cook covered till the French Beans get nearly cooked
Now add the coriander powder and the prepared sesame-seeds cumin powder, mix well
Cook covered till the French Beans get fully done but take care that they don't get overcooked
Serve hot with chapati, rotis or rice

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