We both love meat and seafood but on weekdays, we mostly route towards a vegetarian meal. Simple, healthy and less indulgent! However, I would confess that green beans are one of those veggies that we should eat more often and we don’t. I typically buy it for Avyan’s toddler meals. But when it comes to cooking with green beans for grown-ups, I am mostly at a loss for ideas. Other than throwing a few in a curry or tossing it in noodles, I really don’t know how to upscale green beans.
I asked for inspiration in Instagram several weeks back. It took me by surprise at how many amazing ways we can enjoy these crunchy green beauties. I noted down a few of those ideas to try in future and then came up with this extremely easy, packed with flavors, crunchy almond crusted green beans.
Few cloves of garlic, handful of almonds or your favorite choice of nuts, some dry chilies for that heat and desiccated coconut, all of them blended coarsely. A quick stir-fry with blanched green beans, some spices for that perfect blend and it’s ready. It’s important to avoid over cooking the green beans so the vibrant color retains along with the crunch.
This dish takes hardly time from prep to finish making a great weeknight dish. It works great as sides or tossed in salad along with some potatoes or salad leaves.