Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.
Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. You should know by now that at Chez Le Reve Francais Saturday night is curry night right? This usually involves a rice dish along with a main dish and occasionally my Naan Bread. We all love this combination but we are trying to incorporate more vegetables into our diet so it’s now time for a change.       Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon. Sometimes I add vegetables directly to whatever curry I’m making but when I saw French beans for sale I decided to make something new. If you’ve ever shopped regularly in France you will realise it’s not like shopping in the UK where you can buy nearly everything all year round. These beans aren’t in season here yet so it was a rarity to find them. They deserved a dish all on their own!   Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.     There’s only four ingredients for my Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin and it’s very easy to make. Start by blanching the beans for about 2 minutes then plunge into some iced water to stop them cooking. Beans need to be slightly crunchy not sad, soggy and grey. Next add a knob of butter and a small splash of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the cumin seeds and wait until they start to pop then add the chilli and the drained green beans for a minute or two. Finish the dish by stirring in the juice of a lemon then sprinkle over the lemon zest and some sea salt. Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.   So here’s my very simple but very tasty Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. It’s a healthy way to spruce up your curry nights and you could always use broccoli instead too. If you’re not into curries why not serve this with roast chicken? If you have any favourite veggies side dishes for Asian food please let me know in the comments.
Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.
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Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin. French beans or haricot verts blanched thin quickly stir fried with cumin and chilli and tossed with lemon.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Amanda Wren

Ingredients

  • 400 G French Beans Washed and trimmed
  • 2 Red chillies Sliced
  • 1 Lemon Zest and juice
  • 2 Tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 Tsp Oil
  • 1 Tsp Butter
  • 1 Tsp Flaked sea salt

Instructions

  1. Drop the beans in boiling water for 2 minutes then plunge into ice water to cool. Drain.

  2. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan and add the cumin seeds until they begin to pop.

  3. Add the beans and chilli and stir fry for a couple of minutes before stirring in the lemon juice.

  4. Transfer to a serving dish and sprinkle on the lemon zest and flaked sea salt.

Recipe Notes

Remove the membrane and seeds from the chilli for a milder dish.

                               

12 thoughts on “Spicy French Beans with Chilli and Cumin

  1. Mmmm, those green beans look so good, I like the thinner ones too and I also like to sprinkle them with lemon zest, delicious!

  2. I love green beans and would love to try them with cumin!! I have to admit, I enjoy soggy green beans over crisp ones for some reason…But you can’t beat this gorgeous green color! 🙂

  3. I usually just make a veggie curry, to be honest, but when I’m in the UK something like Saag Mushrooms (mushrooms with spinach) is a favourite. I’m finding I am eating more and more spinach, and quite often throw handfuls into any vegetable sauce/dish at trhe last moment. Tonight though we’re having ham (which I’m about to go and roast) and these rather yummy sounding baked sweet potatoes from Jamie Oliver – veggies and starch in one fell swoop: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/baked-sweet-potatoes/

    1. It’s funny as I was never keen on spinach but I often throw fresh leaves into a seafood lasagne or curries too. Mushroom and spinach is a fab combination and those sweet potatoes look great too! Thanks for the link.

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