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Green Beans and Carrot Subzi

You know the typical grandmothers. They bend over backwards to make their grandkids smile. I know grandmothers who travel hundreds of miles to get that best gift for the kid. I know grandmothers who choose a larger car — so that the kids can have a place to sit when they visit those few times a year. I know grandmothers who will learn a new language in their golden years so that they can communicate better with their grandkids. I know grandmothers who will create a storm of cooking in the kitchen at every whim of the kid. I know grandmothers who will scold the kid’s parents for being “too hard”.

Since I have zero experience in being a grandmother I really can’t tell you what makes them do this. It’s odd – but boy do I relish in this love!

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Green Beans Indian Stir-Fry (Subzi)

This recipe is presented courtesy of my mom. She made it a couple of times and then I absolutely had to have it. The Urad dal adds a lovely aroma and taste to the dish. I almost want to say that this is a South-Indian recipe, but I don’t want my South-Indian friends whacking me on my head because I haven’t done my research on it! 😛

I was trying to get the English name for Urad dal, and while reading about it on wiki, I came across some interesting information. Urad dal is recommended for diabetics! It is used in traditional Indian(Ayurveda) medicine and pharmacological extracts have demonstrated immunostimolatory activity. I grew up on this dal and never knew of its capabilities! I definitely need to consume more than a tablespoon of it! 🙂

We usually have this subzi with roti’s, yogurt and pickle. Enjoy!

Green Beans Indian Stir-Fry (Subzi)

Makes: 4 servings
Ready in: 15 minutes prep time + 10 minutes cooking time


  • 4 cups approx beans chopped fine (600gms)
  • 4-5 green chilies, de-seeded
  • 1 stalk curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • salt to taste
  • Directions

    1. Wash the green beans thoroughly. Start by trimming off the ends. Weigh your beans Read More