Sometimes, believe it or not, I crave Indian food. And when I do, I like to have a side of green beans on hand. Especially when they are in season, as they are right now.
This dish is so simple to make and goes great with brown basmati rice and rajma. Most ingredients are relatively easy to find, with the exception of curry leaves. Most natural food stores have started to carry them (generally with the herbs), and you can of course find them at ethnic grocery stores.
And yes, it can be ready in only 15 minutes!
1/2 lb green beans, edges trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp whole or ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
4 curry leaves
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high setting. Add mustard seeds and wait until they begin to make a popping sound. This means the oil is warm enough. Then add turmeric, cumin, coriander, garlic, and curry leaves. Saute for about a minute, allowing flavors to infuse.
Next, add green beans and a tiny bit of water (maybe 1/8 cup). Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 5 minutes, until green beans are cooked, but not too soft. Add salt and cook for another minute or so.
Note: If you desire a sweeter taste, you may also add a bit of agave nectar (1/2 tsp or so) or shredded coconut.