French Bean Foogath
Foogath is the term used for any vegetable dish made with coconut. The ingredients used are few, simple & mainly steamed in its own juices.
250 gms. fresh tender French Beans
1 med. Onion (peeled & finely chopped)
2 sprigs fresh Curry Leaves (Kadipatta)
2 fresh Green Chillies (finely minced)
¼ tsp. Mustard Seeds (optional)
½ cup fresh Coconut (grated/scraped)
3 tbsps. Vegetable Oil/Coconut Oil
A pinch of Sugar
Salt to taste
Wash the French Beans & drain thoroughly.
De-string the beans & French cut them.
Heat oil in a non-stick kadhai/wok/pan & add the mustard seeds.
When the seeds crackle, add the onions & green chillies.
Saute till soft & translucent.
Then add curry leaves, a pinch of sugar & beans.
Saute again for a minute.
Cover the kadhai with a lid which has a depression or a lid which can hold water.
Pour ¼ 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 & color. (Do not over cook).
Finally add the coconut & salt to taste.
Stir well & let it cook for another minute.
Serve hot with phulkas/rotis/rice.