The local fresh markets are literally overflowing with fresh vegetables which are only available in winter and Broad Beans are one of them. Broad Beans are naturally sweet and have a wonderful texture to them. The secret to cooking any good vegetable dish well is in not cooking the vegetable for too long or over cooking it which completely kills its taste and natural goodness.
This is my version of a simple yet flavorful of Broad Beans stir-fry or as it’s known in India, Seem Bhaji.
Ingredients for Three Servings:
Broad Beans – 250 Grams Cleaned and Sliced into approx 1.5 cm to 2 cm Strips
Potatoes – 2 Medium Sized Chopped into 1 cm thick Pieces
Cumin Powder – 1/4th Teaspoon
Coriander Powder – 1/2 Teaspoon
Chilli Powder – 1/4th Teaspoon
Turmeric Powder – 1/4th Teaspoon
Coarsely Ground Carom Seeds or Ajwain – 1 Pinch
Paanch Foron Powder – 2 Pinches
Salt – To Taste
Cooking Oil – 2 Tablespoons
Let’s get Cooking:
In a Kadhai heat up the Cooking Oil on medium-high heat. Add the Chopped Potatoes and stir. When Potatoes are 1/4th done, add Chopped Broad Beans. Stir well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After Ten Minutes, add powdered spices and stir really well. Ensure that spices coat the vegetable and potato pieces evenly. Add Salt and cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes more. Stir from time to time.
After 10 minutes are up, remove lid and turn heat up to medium-high. Stir the Broad Beans and Potatoes well and get a bit of caramelization going. This will add tremendous amounts of flavor to this dish. Trust me! This recipe would be quite bland if you skip this step!
When you get a nice brownish color on the Potatoes and the Broad Beans are starting to turn a dullish dark green then that’s when you know your stir fry is done! If the Broad Beans are 90% cooked upon tasting, then that’s double confirmation that your job is done! The Broad Beans will cook out in the remaining residual heat.
So to make a simply delicious vegetable dish remember 2 things always – Go easy on the spices and don’t overcook the vegetables!
Enjoy with roti or daal and rice!
I do hope that you make this recipe and savor eating it as much as I do every winter!