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    Green Beans with Lentils

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    35 mins

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    30 mins

    Anu's Note:

    Another spartan vegetable side that we make at home, but this one's always been my favourite and is the reason why I love french beans! Once when I was a kid, I sat on my kitchen platform and ate the entire 4 servings of this dish that my mom made, while she was cooking the rest of dinner!

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    1. 1
      Heat oil in a saucepan on a low flame and add the mustard seeds.
    2. 2
      When they begin to sputter, add the chopped french beans, lentils, salt, turmeric powder and water.
    3. 3
      The water should be sufficient to cover the beans, so add some more if necessary.
    4. 4
      Cover the saucepan tightly and cook on a low flame for about 30 minutes or until the beans are well cooked.
    5. 5
      Check to see that the water is sufficient (that is, the mixture isn't dry) every 10 minutes, with stirring, and add more water if necessary.
    6. 6
      After 30 minutes most of the water should have evaporated.
    7. 7
      Switch off burner, remove from flame and serve hot.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 13, 2010


      I thought this was quite bland. I ended up adding some garlic, more turmeric and some ground mustard seed, sauteed onions and more salt. It was better but nothing fabulous. Won't bother to make again

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    • on August 18, 2009


      This recipe got me to happily eat a veggie that I usually hate. The beans cook down without getting mushy and the rest of the ingredients make a nice sauce. I substituted yellow split peas for the lentils (as another reviewer suggested, I added extra), and added cumin seeds, some coriander seeds, and a dried chili pepper to the mustard seeds. Healthful and tasty.

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    • on January 17, 2009


      A good, tasty recipe. Most of the prep is cutting up the beans. We used 8 oz. frozen green beans and 4 T. lentils, and we added onion, garlic, fenugreek, and a little curry powder. Something in it was too bitter for us, so we'll try it without the fenugreek next time.

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    Nutritional Facts for Green Beans with Lentils

    Serving Size: 1 (225 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 103.8
    Calories from Fat 44
    Total Fat 4.9 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 155.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 12.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
    Sugars 1.9 g
    Protein 4.0 g

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