I usually use frozen french beans (my favorite is french cut green beans from the frozen aisle of the local grocery store - they are nicely shredded up for you) or sometimes I buy fresh ones on weekends and prep and refrigerate them at that time for ease of use during busy weekdays. This is a very healthy vegetable that is high in fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals.
French Beans or Shravan Ghevda or Farasbeen - 1 bag (just about a lb), Onion - 1 medium cut, shredded coconut - fresh or frozen - 6-8 tbsp, Oil - 3-4 tsp, garlic - 3-4 pods crushed, green chillies - 2-3 chopped (depending on your taste), cilantro - 2-3 tbsp chopped, turmeric - 1/2 tsp, Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (optional), sambar masala - 2 tsp, salt to taste, few drops of lemon juice.
Microwave and cook the french beans or Shravan Ghevda or Farasbeen as per directions on the packet. If you are using fresh ones, cook them till they are soft but not mushy. I usually microwave them (frozen beans) for about 10 mins. Meanwhile, heat a pan and put some oil in it. Add the crushed garlic and chopped onion in it and saute till onion is slightly brown. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sambar powder and a little water (2 tsp) and saute for a minute. Add chopped green chillies and saute for 1 more minute. Now add the cooked french beans or shravan ghevda (farasbeen). Cover and cook for 3-4 mins till everything is mixed properly. Add salt to taste and half of the shredded coconut and few drops of lemon juice. Cover and cook for 3-4 more minutes and add cilantro at the end and some more shredded coconut. Serve with Roti or side dish for rice.
Enjoy your quick and healthy meal :) Till my next post, take care everyone!!