Flat beans are green and in their fresh form, they come with multiple beans in a large outer pod. Beans are full of nutrition. Beans are a good source of essential B vitamins, protein, fiber, carbohydrate and iron. Beans are a good source of fat-restricted diet, as it contains only 2-3% fat. Beans contain no cholesterol. Since they are one of the richest source of fiber, they actually help to lower bad cholesterol level.
Flat beans: 10-15 nos.
Mustard seed : 2 tblsp.
Green chilli : 1 or 2
Turmeric powder : 2 tsp.
Salt to taste
Sugar : a pinch
Oil : 2 tblsp.
- Wash and drain flat beans. Method to cut flat beans: First, trim the edges half way thru and pull all the way to take out the string like thing on both sides. Do the same for the other side. Follow the same process for other flat beans. Then cut in 1/2 to 1 inch pieces.
- Prepare mustard seed paste: Set aside 1 tsp. mustard seed for tempering. Soak rest of the mustard seeds in 1 tblsp. water for 10 minutes. Grind into fine paste in a dry grinder/coffee grinder adding a pinch of salt and green chilli. Take out the paste and add 2 tblsp. of water and keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan, temper with mustard seed. When they start to splutter, add cut flat beans. Season with little salt and add turmeric powder. Stir for 2-3 minutes, then add mustard seed paste.
- Stir to mix well until paste dries up and mix well with beans. Then add about 2/3 cup or enough water to cook the beans. When water dries up and beans are cooked, check the seasoning. Add salt if needed and add sugar. Mix well.