Beans With Bengali Five-Spice

Recipe adapted from Kaumudi Marathé

Beans With Bengali Five-Spice
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Beans with Bengali Five-Spice
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Total time: 30 minutes
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon nigella seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Pinch of ground turmeric
  • 1 pound fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 sprigs cilantro, washed and finely chopped
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 to 2 green chiles, each cut into 4-6 pieces (optional)
  • Pinch of sugar (optional)
  1. In a small bowl combine the spices and sesame.Heat the oil in a medium wok or skillet until almost smoking. Add the spices and cook until they pop, stirring briskly. Add the turmeric and chiles. Increase the heat to high, add the green beans and cook until coated with spices and slightly softened, about 4 minutes. Add the water and cook covered until the beans are tender but slightly crunchy, about 7 minutes. Stir in salt and sugar. Serve beans garnished with cilantro.
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