Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Once upon a time, cooking used to give me lot of thrill and happiness.
Those days , after working 10 to 12 hrs , I used to come back and used to relax by cooking many dishes. Now that I am retired and don’t find as much thrill in cooking , because there is nothing to relax about while cooking , because I am relaxing 24hrs
THE RECIPE: This is a down market recipe and I like it any time . ( I have recently learnt the word “ down market, and using it indiscriminately ) It is a simple stir fried bean recipe with a flavorful tempering of Fennel and dry red chili. You can give tempering of methi seeds, kala jeera ( Nigella) or cumin etc …Adding garlic is optional so also the potato.

French beans 250 gram, chopped to 1 inch size
Garlic 6 fat cloves, each cut coarsely to 6 pieces from each clove
Potato, 50-75 grams diced nicely to ½ inch ( you need not add , optional)
Fennel seed for tempering 1 level tsp
Red chili 2 for tempering
Turmeric 1 level tsp
Oil 1 to 2 tbsp (not more)
Red chili powder 0 to 2 level tsp (your choice)
Green chili 2-4

Heat oil and give the tempering of fennel and red chili
Add the potato and fry for few minutes.
Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes and add the beans and the whole green chili.

Add salt and turmeric, mix well, add ½ cup water and cover.
Simmer on low flame for 8-10 min or till the potato is done.

Open the lid, and brisk fry at high flame, till all water goes and the beans are slightly discolored due to frying.
Add red chili powder ( if you want to ) , fry for 2 minute on medium flame.
Add 2 tbsp water , mix and switch off burner
Eat with rice or with roti parathha .



Finla said...

I love the idea of adding potatoes though till now i have not, I love beans and this looks yumm mostly i make thoran with beans or if it is for belgian dishes just saute with onion and butter.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

@finla, thank you , thats a great idea, must try with butter and onion, awesome

Poetry Of Food said...

never tried in this way.... looks so tempting...

Poetry Of Food said...

Never tried in this way.... looks so tempting...

Pari Vasisht said...

Hi Dada. Looks like I've missed out many recipes..
Personally I love the so called down market preparations as they are fuss free. I'm imagining all the combined flavour with the beans and it's very
inviting. Would love to try this simple version. I might not need rice or roti, would eat it all by itself.

Sweta Biswal said...

This is comfort food !!! Simple and everyday stuff....i too make it but i use cumin instead of fennel.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I too think that garlic and cloves has given a strong flavour in this beans curry. Excellent preparation.
Thanks for showing us the simple and without any frill recipe time and again. No doubt the taste was delicious.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Everytime i learn a new word i forget to write them down, it gets evaporated from my head. Sorry i disagree of saying this wonderful bean fry as downmarket, may be its cheap but its rich in many ways :) My mom makes the same combination, its very staple in out house, but its mostly with onion ginger and garlic. I will try your version soon! Also its time for you to relax and do nothing,so please enjoy them :D

Rajani said...

Have not tried beans with fennel tadka, must have given a unique flavour. Simple dish rich in texture and flavour, will be making this soon.
BTW, Dada, if you do not cook, how can you blog, and how do we learn from you, do please cook to share.. :-)

Preeti Kashyap said...

I cook something similar to this but not with garlic. Will try ur recipe dada...thanks!!!!

Do see my new addition...doodh ki subzi, I am sure ull like it.

Anonymous said...

Also, cooking is funnnn...get excited about it...you anyway must be relaxing after retirement.

Try the doodh ki subzi in my writesfood.wordpress.com. Just reminding you that I have migrated to wordpress.

Shanthi said...

wonderful and quick recipe

Walker King said...

really, A nice post for Healthy cooking recipes. i have never taist this recpie before.

Jhimly Kar Hazra said...

Ushnish-da, the first time I tried this recipe, it became an istant hit ! Since then, whenever I prepare beans ki subzi, I always make only this ...Thanks so much for sharing !