Beans with Crushed Peanuts and Sesame

9 Oct

Beans with Crushed Peanuts and Sesame

Beans with crushed peanuts and sesame – one of those dishes in which you keep adding this and that, taking tentative bites to check if it tastes good, and end up liking the result enough to make note of it for repetition.

And that, coming from someone rarely enthused about string beans, is saying something.

I have no quarrel with the taste of string beans, only with the cumbersomeness of its destringing. This way works best for me:

How to destring string beans?

Cut a bit off the edge without going applying too much pressure. A little string will appear at edge. Take hold of the string and pull it down gently; you’ll draw the string away from the pod. If the string tears, repeat this process again when the string appears later during the cutting.

Once I can get myself to do the pre-cooking work, I find that I can enjoy this protein and fibre-rich vegetable. With this peanut-sesame flavoring, it is no less than delicious.

You Need:

  • String beans – 250 grams
  • Roasted peanuts – 2 tablespoons, crushed
  • White sesame seeds – 1 teaspoon, toasted
  • Green chili sauce – 1 teaspoon (I used Ching’s Secret green chili sauce)
  • Jaggery powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Nigella seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil – 1 teaspoon

How To Make Beans with Crushed Peanuts and Sesame:

Destring and cut the beans into 1.5 inch pieces.

Simmer the cut beans with boiling salted water for 15 to 20 minutes, until the beans are edible. Drain. Do not throw away this water – you can use it as stock in soup or dal.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a flat non-stick pan. Splutter a teaspoon of nigella seeds in it, then add the boiled beans. Cook for 3-4 minutes, check for salt and mix more if needed. Then stir in jaggery and cook till the jaggery has melted and coated the beans.

Sprinkle two tablespoons of roasted peanut powder and cook for another minute. Now pour green chili sauce, toasted sesame seeds, give a quick stir.

Serve beans with crushed peanuts and sesame alongside chapatis, parathas or garlic bread.

Beans with Crushed Peanuts and Sesame

4 Responses to “Beans with Crushed Peanuts and Sesame”

  1. sara October 12, 2011 at 6:40 AM #

    These green beans look really delicious! Is it bad I never take the strings off my beans? :)

    • S October 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM #

      You save yourself some boring work, sara :) If you don’t mind the string in your cooked beans or if the beans you’re using have soft edible string that does not need destringing, you’re a lucky woman!

  2. Anna October 12, 2011 at 6:49 AM #

    Great appetizer or side dish! This can be a good garnishing add on too. I am not a fan of sesame though, what can I use as a substitute?

    • S October 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM #

      You could try toasted poppy seeds. Or simply skip the sesame and increase the amount of crushed peanuts.

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