SPICY GARLICKY STRING BEANS

The good stuff:

  • Guyz! String beans (green beans) are SO awesome yet I meet too many people hating on these greens! They can be delicious when well prepared and can be eaten cold, warm, pan seared and roasted too!
  • One of the far more affordable veggies here in Jamaica, string beans are fiber packed pods- and fiber is a good thing (think of them as the brooms that clean all the gunk out of our bodies). 
  • Green beans are also rich in flavanoids- antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and are anti-inflammatory.
  • String beans also have decent levels of calcium, potassium and Vitamin A

You’ll need:

  • A big bunch of string beans
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Curry leaves
  • Lots of garlic- finely chopped
  • Scotch bonnet- finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Sesame seeds- optional

The process:

  • Cut off the head of the string beans. I do this with my hands- I find it takes less time and produces less wastage too. I just “pluck” the head off lol.
  • Fill a pot with some water. Once water has boiled, transfer the beans into the pot and cook for exactly 5 minutes.
  • Remove the beans, transfer to a sieve and rinse with cold water. At this stage, you can store these beans for usage later in the week… OR you can just cook them all now 🙂
  • Drizzle some olive oil in a pan and turn heat to medium. Add the curry leaves, diced tomatoes, garlic and scotch bonnet. Cook everything for about 3 minutes.
  • Then add the string beans, a sprinkle of salt a sprinkle of sesame seeds and mix everything together. Cover the pan with a lid for about 3 minutes- add a bit of water to the pan if ingredients start to stick to the bottom.
  • And that’s it! The combination of garlic + heat + curry leaves complement the string beans in a really flavourful way. By somewhat blanching the string beans in the first step, you also retain it’s beautiful green colour. Don’t overcook the string beans in the process- you want them to still have a little “bite”.

Notes:

  • If you want to make this recipe even EASIER then just use garlic powder instead of fresh garlic! In that case, sprinkle the garlic powder when you add the string beans into the pan (after the tomatoes).

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