Garam Masala Green Beans
From the October 2006 Vegetarian Times. I made this without the oil and it worked just fine.
- Ready In:
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tsp)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1⁄2 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
- 3⁄4 lb green beans, trimmed and cut in half (about 4 cups)
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Combine oil, garlic, garam masala, mustard seeds, green beans, salt and 1/4 cup water in large skillet.
- Cover, and simmer over medium-low heat 5 minutes, or until beans are just tender.
- Uncover skillet, and increase heat to medium high. Cook 3 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
- Sauté 3 minutes more, until beans start to brown.
- Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and serve.
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Proof once again that a simple side dish need not be boring. Garam masala is a favorite and gives the beans a mouth full of flavor, with the lemon juice adding the perfect punctuation. As suggested, I skipped the oil. I think a pinch of powdered ginger would be a strong addition. Thanks! Made for the "I recommend" Tag Game.
DH and I absolutely licked our lips, the Garam Masala is distinctly different from any other spice combination, but it lends a mild but tantalizing spiciness. This recipe alone made me ecstatic that I had ordered the spice from Spices Etc. I was in shock that almost everything went into the pan from the start, but it worked out great. Thanks for sharing this recipe, AJO. Made for December 2008 Veg*n Swap.