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Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Green Beans with Mustard Seeds


I remember the first time I went to England and was shopping for my first kitchen utensils and gadgets, there was one thing I couldn’t find anywhere. A bean slicer! They might have been available but I couldn’t find any close to where I used to live. I thought it was quite a basic kitchen tool. But there you go, they were apparently not very popular in England. So, from one of my holidays to Mauritius, I took one back with me.

Sliced beans just taste so much better from whole ones! Sliced beans are also great eaten raw in salads.

For today, I sautéed them in a bit of olive oil and mustard seeds. This is so quick and easy. And so tasty too!

Ingredients (4 servings)

250 g green beans
1 red onion sliced
2 teaspoons whole mustard seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt to taste

  • Cut ends of beans and slice using a bean slicer. (Discard the strings that will come off).
  • In a non-stick deep pan on medium, add the olive oil.
  • Add onions and mustard seeds. Sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add green beans and stir to thoroughly mix oil with beans.
  • Cover and cook on low to medium heat until beans are tender. (You don’t want to cook them to death as they will lose flavour. I usually just cook them halfway through. Switch off heat. Cover and let stand for a while. The steam will cook the beans slightly more leaving them still crisp.)
  • Add salt to taste. (Do not add salt while cooking as this will cause a lot of water to come out of the beans making them soft and soggy).


  1. It's the first time I see a bean slicer... interesting! And the final result looks great! (I've never had raw beans, are there any good?)

  2. I totally recommend a bean slicer! You get so much flavour out of the beans.
    The first time I had ever eaten raw green beans was when I was staying with a family in Australia while I was studying there. The host lady there used to incorporate them in her salads. At first I was a little bit skeptic but after trying them, I liked them.

    With proper seasoning they are actually quite good!
    You could try mix them with green cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers (capsicum), whatever else you like, with a nice mustard dressing like in this recipe (
    or even just lemon juice and a bit of vegan mayonnaise.
    That makes me think, I haven't had any raw green beans salad for a while!

  3. looks like i'm gonna have to get a bean slicer! those look so good. so fresh, easy to make - that's awesome! :)

  4. jessy: just make sure you get really fresh beans. Otherwise they might be a bit difficult to slice through.

  5. They're my favorite, too! I love anything with sesame.

  6. I love green beans, I always have a bag in the freezer but I prefer fresh whenever I get the chance! Mustard seeds sounds like a novel spicy twist!


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