Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Gujarati Green Beans

Gujarati Green Beans
From: Mama Tiger

1 pound whole fresh green beans
4 tbsp oil
1 tbsp whole black mustard seed (also called brown mustard seed)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp brown sugar
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste

Optional: 1/2 to 1 coarsely crushed red chili if you want to heat it up

Trim the beans. Blanch them by dropping in boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until they are just tender.
Drain and rinse under cold running water. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium flame.
When hot, put in the mustard seed.
As soon as the mustard seed starts to pop, add the garlic.
Stir the garlic until it turns light brown.
(If you want to use red chili, add it at this point and stir briefly.)
Put in the green beans, salt, and sugar. Stir well to mix.
Turn the heat down to medium-low.
Stir and cook for 7-8 minutes or until the beans have absorbed the flavor of the spices.
Add the black pepper, mix, and serve.

This is a great dish to make ahead, then reheat the following day; the beans taste even better after soaking in the spices overnight!

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