Nutty Beans


  200gms round green beans cut into 1/2" bits
  1 tb sp finely chopped onions
  1 t sp finely chopped ginger and garlic
  1 tb sp tomato puree
  3/4 t sp whole cumin seeds
  1 heaped tsp coriander powder
  1/2 t sp haldi/ turmeric powder
  salt and chilli powder to taste
  1 tb sp roasted pine nuts
  1 1/2 tb sps cooking oil

  • Heat oil in a kadai or frypan till just beginning to smoke.
  • Lower heat and add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Quickly add chopped onions and fry till soft.
  • Add ginger garlic and fry for three minutes.
  • Add haldi, coriander powder and chilli powder and fry for two minutes without letting the masala burn.
  • Add tomato puree and cook for 3 minutes till all the ingredients are well blended.
  • Add the beans, stir well till all are coated with the masala.
  • Sprinkle a tb sp of water, cover and let it cook  in its own steam till the beans are tender but still crunchy.
  • Take off the lid, add fresh coriander and toss well.
  • Sprinkle the roasted pine nuts, toss and cook for a minute so that the flavour of the nuts blends with the beans.
  • Enjoy with hot rotis,dinner rolls or rice and dal.

 Note: This is a dish that I've tasted in a restaurant in Bangalore and tried to recreate following my taste buds. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.