Mar 7, 2013

Szechuan Beans

A long overdue cooking post at last.. I swear I did cook a lot of fun things in the last few months. I just did not find the camera charger till recently. Talk about lazy!

Some time back, I had a dinner at Wild Ginger. The only vegetarian option I loved was this string bean stir-fry in a Szechuan style. I couldn't get it out of my mind so  I decided to make my own version. It might not be real chinese in any way but its super delicious!

Astha from The Zars asked me if I can suggest any easy dishes that also are healthy. My best suggestion is to find different ways of cooking vegetables and having them as one pot dishes for lunch . The following recipe is an example of cooking beans. with a little bit of brown rice, this should be a very fulfilling and healthy lunch. I also like beans with coconut (in a south Indian style) but that doesn't appeal to me as a single dish. This one is spicy enough and filling enough to be a work lunch in my opinion.

Ingredients -
Onion - 1
Ginger paste - 2 tsp
Green Beans - 250 gms
Soy sauce - 1 tablespoon
Dried red chillies - 1 or 2
Sugar - 1 tablespoon
Salt - to taste
Oil - 1 tablespoon

Method -
Heat oil in a kadai or  a wok.
Fry the onions and garlic till they brown.
Fry the green beans till it softens and dimples.
Crush the red chilli and add it to the beans and onion.
Add soy sauce, salt, sugar and continue frying.
If you don't like the raw bean taste, add some water and close the lid till the beans are cooked.

I would suggest that you fry till everything browns and it almost burns a bit. Gives it a charred taste.
Serve with plain rice, fried rice or noodles.

This is honestly so simple.. most of the action happens in the wok without any constant stirring, so its only of those recipes where you can do your own thing while checking the pot once in a while. I hope you love this dish as much as I do.

Do let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for reading!