Green beans with mustard seeds and ginger

31 Mar

Green beans with mustard seeds and ginger

These Gujarati green beans with mustard seeds and ginger make a lovely side dish to an Indian meal. The combination of stir frying and steaming results in vibrant green, crunchy beans.

I was unsure about adding tomato purée straight to the pan without any other liquid, but loved the way it fused with the spices. The recipe is from Meera Sodha’s Made in India, a collection of recipes based on the Gujarati home cooking that she grew up eating in Lincolnshire.

Green beans with mustard seeds and ginger
(serves 4)

  • 1 Tb sunflower oil
  • 1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
  • 1 Tb sesame seeds
  • 500g fine green beans, topped and tailed
  • a thumb of ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 Tb tomato purée
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a lidded frying pan over medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and sesame seeds.
  2. When the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the beans. Stir fry for a couple of minutes, then add the ginger.
  3. Stir fry a couple of minutes more, then stir in the tomato purée, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  4. Cover the pan, lower the heat and cook for another five minutes, or until the beans are tender.

6 Responses to “Green beans with mustard seeds and ginger”

  1. aspoonfulofnature March 31, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    yummy!! simple, easy and delicious 🙂

    • Andrea April 1, 2015 at 5:19 am #

      Thank you!

  2. Margo March 31, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Will definitely keep,to try in bean season. Making the lovely squash and spinach soup again today

  3. Anuradha Mukherjee October 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Loved this recipe.


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