French Beans Bhaji

French Beans BhajiFrench beans will always be “be Nus” to me – thanks to our cook in India who has never been able to pronounce the word properly. Ditto for chick peas. In Marathi, they are called “chole” but she calls them “Sholay” – not to be confused with the iconic Hindi movie of the same name, which like any other Indian I have watched a zillion times.

French beans bhaji is very quick to rustle up and is superbly healthy and nutritious. We have it a lot at home and even the son loves it in spite of being “allergic” to all vegetables that are green in colour. The French beans in our supermarket are from Kenya so obviously I have a food miles problem – but let’s go into that and my other issues some other time. OK?

French Beans Bhaji

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 15 minutes
A simple recipe with very few ingredients. What's more, it's healthy too!


  • 400g french beans (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 potatoes (cut into small cubes)
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. oil (we use sunflower)


As usual, I add a dried red chilli to spice up proceedings!


Step 1
Heat the oil in a small saucepan and add in the mustard seeds.
Step 2
When they begin to pop, add in the potatoes and the french beans
Step 3
Put in the garam masala and the salt. Stir
Step 4
Cook on simmer, stirring frequently until the beans and potatoes are cooked.
Step 5
Serve with pitta bread, naan, or chappati