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Name of the recipe - Green Bean


Green Bean

4 cups green beans, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine

1 tablespoon shredded coconut

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons safflower oil

1/2 teaspoon cummin seeds

1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1 pinch hing

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon masala powder or cayenne

1/2 teaspoon salt

Method of Preparation

Snap off the ends of the beans and slice on the diagonal into very small pieces, about 1/4 inch long. Wash the beans twice. Puree the garlic, ginger, coconut, cilantro and water in a blender. Set aside. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the cummin seeds, mustard seeds and hing. When the seeds pop, add the turmeric, masala powder and chopped onion. Stir until the onion is soft and slightly brown. Add the blended mixture, salt and green beans. Cover and simmer on low heat until just tender, about 5-10 minutes.

Green beans are sweet, astringent, cooling, with a pungent vipak. They help kindle agni. They have a tendency to produce gas and constipation. Green beans alone will aggravate vata. The cummin seeds, hing and cayenne will help calm vata. But still vata should eat this in moderation.


Good food for throat, lungs, stress disorder, high cholesterol and pitta disorders.