Grean Peace .... Bean Bhaja or Fried Beans

This is for those who were frazzled about my last three posts which were barely about food. Haven't eaten out anywhere new. So here's a recipe. Simple enough for bachelor or Lonely Hearts cooking. Now what do I do about those frazzled by a vegetarian post here?

Vegetarian cooking is less hassle free than non veg cooking. You have to peel. Chop. Wash. Meat's easier.

Still certain vegetables such as beans or lady's finger/ okra/ bhindi are easier. You don't have to peel them to start with. Just lay them down in a line on the chopping board and chop them, ten at a go.

Here's a flat bean (called 'gawar' in Mumbai) recipe which belongs to the women in my life. My mom makes it. And K loves it. Now she makes it too. As does Banu under K's tutoring. It is quite a light dish.

Here's the recipe:

  • Lay 250 g beans on a board and finely chop them. Try to fell quite a few with each slash of the knife.


  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick pan
  • Put in a tablespoon of kalo jeere/ Nigella seeds/ onion seeds. Let them fry till they splutter
  • Add half a finely chopped onion
  • Let them fry a bit
  • Add the beans
  • Half a teaspoon each of salt and turmeric powder
  • Stir. Cover with a lid. Let it be
  • Take lid off every two minutes and stir
  • Cook till the skin of the bean becomes wrinkled. It will have a nice caramelised taste to it at the end. The Nigella seeds gives the dish an interesting crunch.

You can have this with plain sliced bread or rice and daal or roti and daal if you can get hold of rotis.

You can make it a bit more sinful and difficult by adding tiny bits of potatoes while frying the beans.