Saturday, March 03, 2007

'F' is for French Beans Stew

This is a recipe from my childhood days back in India. I remember my mom used to make this stew very often and we would eat it with rice and papad. This used to be a Sunday special recipe at my home. I got the recipe from my mom and decided to send in this entry for Nupur's A-Z of vegetables. Once I made the stew I realized that I could eat it as it is, just like a veggie soup. Here is the recipe.

French Beans Stew
Ingredients
1 cup green beans (slit in the center and cut into 2 inch pieces)
1 medium potato (peel skin and cut into thin slices)
3 or 4 green chillies (slit)
A small piece of ginger - crushed
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 or 3 tbsp light coconut milk
1 tsp of corn flour/corn starch
Salt to taste
Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Method
1. Pour the water and milk in a pan and add the beans, potatoes, green chillies and ginger and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the veggies are cooked.

French beans and potatoes simmering in milk and water
2. Lower the flame and add the coconut milk and salt.
3. Dissolve the corn starch in water and add to the stew. This will make it slightly thick.
4. Garnish with cilantro.
5. Serve hot.

French beans stew

15 comments:

Nupur said...

I can just smell the aroma and taste the subtle flavors of this stew! Thanks for sharing a family favorite...these recipes are the best.

Lakshmik said...

Yes, Nupur. The flavors are very mild and it's more like a comfort food.

Vcuisine said...

Interesting Lakshmi. Taste good also I think. Viji

Lakshmik said...

Yes Viji. It tastes really good.

Asha said...

Milk!!That is interesting,I will give it a try :))

Lakshmik said...

Sure Asha. Give it a try and let me know.

bee (jugalbandi.info) said...

we make stew often. french bean stew is a great idea.

g said...

Great idea. Also, I liked the kolhrabi dish a lot. Its so much easier to try unfamiliar veggies when someone else does the initial experiments for you :)

Thanks for blogrolling me too!

Lakshmik said...

Hi G

Glad you liked the recipe. Do try out the kohlrabi curry too. It is easy to make and tastes delicious.

trupti said...

This would be so good with some rice..nice recipe,Lk.

Richa said...

That's a new way to make beans for me, will try it.
Keep Smiling

Lakshmik said...

Hi Trupti

Yes the stew tastes yummy with hot steaming rice and ghee :)

Lakshmik said...

Hi Richa

Surely try it out. I am sure you will like it.

swapna said...

wow lakshmik
the stew is looking tasty!!!

Lakshmik said...

Thanks Swapna.