Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nariyal Wale Fras Beans | French Beans with Coconut

French Beans were always a great seasonal favourite in Delhi. Fresh and tender beans would flood the markets in early winter. Sweet and crisp and known as Fras Beans they'd dominate the menu in a multitude of ways. Here I get beans all year round, the fresh ones too, as they come from all across the globe. I also grow them in my vegetable garden in the summer, and the yield is pretty good.

2 cups beans, French cut
1/2 onion, sliced fine
1 tsp ginger, grated
1/2 cup coconut, shredded
7-8 curry leaves
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
Salt, to taste
2 red chilies
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1 tbsp light oilve oil

  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. Once the begin to pop, reduce heat, and add the red chilies and curry leaves.
  2.  Stir in the onions and fry until transparent.
  3. Add the beans to the mix. Stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and red chili powder.
  5. Cook another 5 minutes. Add the shredded coconut. Mix in well. 
  6. Turn off heat, cover the dish, and let it sit in its own heat for another 5 minutes.
This simple seasoning lends a lovely flavour to beans. I like to serve this dish with rotis or parathas and yogurt.

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  1. looks yummy.. tempting click..

  2. love beans in any form..adding coconut to this stir fry sounds new to me but looks delicious..

  3. Lovely recipe and click Apu, this is my husband's absolute favorite recipe with french beans :)

  4. Simple but yet a delicious stir fry, just love it with some hot steaming rasam..

  5. I don't use much coconut but I made something like this recently and liked it so much I made it twice in a row.

  6. Very interesting idea for green beans. I will try to keep in mind your recipe. Have a nice day :)

  7. Fras beans that are french cut, now that sounds cool. Havent heard of Fras beans before, are they the same as french beans?

  8. Simple and delicious, looks inviting !

  9. Very nice recipe. Must be delicious. Simple yet tasty recipe.

  10. I love beans made like this, we always had similar beanc dish in our lunch box very often.

  11. @ Priti, PS, Suman, Priya, Uma, Nisha, Usha, Happy Cook: Thanks for stopping by!! We love beans round here and I love making them in different ways!

  12. @Priya, Sra, Shriya: Beans and coconut are a perfect combo!! Glad you loved it.

  13. @ Red Chillies: Fras Beans is just another term for French Beans.


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