In India, or at least in Goa, bhaji means Vegetable. When you go to a local simple food restaurant, you can ask for a cooked bhaji type like for example potato bhaji, beans bhaji and so on. Those food places are quite popular with their Vegetarian foods, and so you will not only see locals but even foreigner ordering their spicy food there. The prices are reasonably cheap and the food quickly served, reason enough for every one to take a round there.
As you already all know, I used to have my troubles to get used to the highly spiced food in India, and so I took my time to explore “the bhaji” scene. Depending where you go, every little street restaurant has their own style, and so different bhajis are differently spiced. I remember going early mornings to a bhaji place some years back with my friends, that place had the best bhaji around, in my opinion at least. Well you know, everyone has their own preferences…
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After some time I got used to prepare my own batch of bhaji. We eat it simply with bread or accompanied by fish curry rice, which is a huge delight too! Step by step I ventured into the uncommon South Asian vegetable types, and so I discovered the Yard long beans. Those uncommonly long bean type reminds me of french beans, just that they are literally about 60 cm long, which makes them for sure the longest bean I have ever seen. In Goa the beans are known as Iriel in other parts of the world they are further called snake beans, long-podded beans, Chinese beans and asparagus beans. They taste nice and simple like the common beans, so there isn’t much difference so far. What makes them stand out are the nutritional values while consuming the vegetable. The Yard long beans are stuffed with Proteins, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Iron, Phosphorus and Potassium.
Yard long beans can be cooked like any other bean types too, so if you ever come across those beans you might wanna try to incorporate them in soups, salads and other continental dishes. With certainty I ll be posting a couple of Yard long bean recipe ideas in the coming months, but for now I ll be sharing my top yard long bean recipe, which has been prepared like that for some time already in my husbands family house. It’s a quick and easy to prepare dish, with only a few ingredients. Garnish the finished dish with some freshly scraped coconut and I guarantee that you ll be in the Veg food heaven!
- 3 Yard long beans
- 1 small Onion
- 1 small Tomato
- ½ cup Water
- ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
- ½ Tsp Red chilli Powder
- pinch Salt
- pinch Pepper
- freshly scraped Coconut
- First of all rinse your beans well, secondly cut them approximately into 1 cm long pieces.
- Slice the Onion and cut the Tomato into cubes. Fry them with little oil in a pan.
- Add the cut beans and stir well for 1-2 mins. Now add the water.
- Continue to season the bhaji with Turmeric, Chillie Powder, Salt and Pepper. Let it cook for 10 min or until the water dissolves and the beans are cooked.
- Plate up and sprinkle the bhaji with freshly scraped coconut!
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