Martha's Indian Spiced String Beans

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

Need a spicy side dish? Look no further - Martha to the rescue! Taken from Martha Stewart Living October 2000 and posted for ZWT.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 lb string bean, stem ends trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger (approx. 1/2-inch piece)


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and add 1 teaspoon salt and string beans. Cook until bright green, about 3 minutes, and drain into a colander.
  3. Transfer to ice bath to stop cooking, drain again, and set aside.
  4. Place a large skillet over high heat, and add oil.
  5. When very hot, add mustard seeds, and cook until seeds begin to pop, about 30 seconds.
  6. Add onion, and cook, stirring until they begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Add ginger, and cook 1 minute more.
  8. Add reserved string beans, and cook, stirring until hot.
  9. Season with salt to taste.
Most Helpful

I really enjoyed the mild mustard seed and ginger flavors in the beans. Thanks for a different way to enjoy veggies! Made for ZWT 2012 by a Herbaceous Curvaceous Honey.

Sharon123 August 17, 2012

Healthy, simple and tasty making these beans an agreeable side. I made using frozen beans as that is what was on hand and chopped the onion before I saw the recipe said slice but other than that no changes. We thought the mustard seed and fresh ginger made a wonderful combo. Thanks for the post.

Debbwl March 10, 2013

used canned beans made for 1 simple tastes good .zaar world tour 8

Dienia B. August 30, 2012