Tuesday, September 29

Garlic Stir Fry Beans – Two Ingredient Recipe

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I must share my all-time favourite two-ingredient green veggie recipe.  Technically speaking, it has just one ingredient which is the french bean vegetable.  Garlic forms a small portion of this dish but well, let’s add this little bulb as yet another ingredient.

This dish has enough garlic to lend the french beans an aromatic flavour.  Well, here’s the recipe for this green humility in the form of garlic stir fry beans.


Garlic stir fry french beans has oodles of garlic which gives the beans an aromatic flavour. It's straightforward and simple; its whiff is unmistakable.
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 13 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Mains, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, English, Indian
Servings 2 persons


  • 250 gms french beans
  • 8 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 3-4 cups water
  • ½-¾ tsp black pepper powder (freshly ground)
  • 1.5-2 tbsp butter
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash the french beans, then snip both ends.
  • Bring to boil 3-4 cups water with salt doing so on high heat, add the french beans when the water comes to a boil.  Let simmer for 5-7 minutes, on low heat till par-boiled.
  • When done, remove from fire, drain in a sieved bowl and keep aside.
  • Heat a non-stick pan with butter, add the chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.  Add the blanched beans, salt and pepper and saute for a further 3-5 minutes.  Turn off the stove, remove the pan from the heat and place on a steaming tray/rack to not allow it to cook further.
  • Play around with some ready fried onions, if you have some in stock. Toss a palmful of fried onions over the beans to give it a twist. This is an OPTIONAL step.

Remove the garlic stir fry beans into a dish – preferably a ceramic one, choosing to eat it with fried chicken or a prawn salad or with flavoured rice or both.  You are free to add as much garlic as you like if you are a garlic lover.  Do ensure that you add the chopped garlic in tiny batches to allow you to taste it after each batch to not allow it an overdose of flavour.  Sprinkle some fried onions if you have the ready-made variety, just for a momentary elan.

Do post your comments if you have tried cooking the recipe and if like what you cooked.

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Carmelita is an Economics major and is employed with a private sector bank. She holds a diploma in journalism, but that's not the reason for her creative writing skills exhibited in a few freelancing feature writing assignments with a leading daily and also her blog. Her blog falls under the Top 25 of the Best Mumbai Blogs to Follow, by Feedspot.com ranking. She has an eye for offbeat travel, having visited seven continents and seeing more than what meets the average eye. Though not a cook per se, her tips on smart cooking are a thing to reckon in her food and cocktail recipes. As if this is not enough, she dabbles now and then in studio singing assignments which have gained her a sizeable fan following. That she is an avid reader is but natural, with a bent for literary classics which in turn have lent its influence in her blog writing panache.


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