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French Bean foogath


Any vegetable, steamed in its juices, with coconut is called foogath. The ingredients are very few. It is light and mildly flavoured. I love this dish for its simplicity. I have used French beans. I prefer my vegetables cut fine and crunchy. 


Credit: Hilda Mascarenhas

Collect it:

· 250 gms fresh tender French Beans

· 1 medium Onion, finely chopped

· 2 sprigs fresh Curry Leaves/Kadi Patta

· 2 fresh Green Chillies, finely minced

· 4 tsp. Mustard Seeds (optional)

· 1/2 cup fresh Coconut, grated

· 3 tbsps. Vegetable Oil/Coconut Oil (I used Vegetable oil and just 1 tbsp)

· A pinch of Sugar

· Salt to taste


Make it:

Wash the French Beans & drain thoroughly. De-string the beans & French cut them.

Heat oil in a non-stick kadhai/wok/pan and add mustard seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the onions and green chillies. Sauté till translucent.

Then add curry leaves, a pinch of sugar and French beans. Sauté briefly for a minute. Cover the kadhai/wok/pan with a lid which can hold water.

Pour 4 cup of water on the lid & let it cook on simmer.

Every 2-3 minutes, remove the lid carefully & stir the beans & again cover with the lid.

Cook to retain crunch & colour. (Do not overcook).

Finally add the coconut & salt to taste. Stir well & let it cook for another minute, serve hot with phulkas/rotis/rice.

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