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Ayurveda Green Beans

Ayurveda Green Beans are a rich source of protein and a staple food in India and the Middle East. According to Ayurveda, green beans are astringent in taste. They help build all the seven types of dhatus or body tissue, especially muscle tissue, which makes them especially important for individuals on a vegetarian diet.

Not only are green beans highly nutritious, they are very versatile, lending themselves to all kinds of dishes and combining marvelously with grains, vegetables and spices, and they taste delicious, with a buttery texture and subtly nutty flavor.

In Ayurvedic nutrition, green are often a part of almost every meal of the day. The protein in green beans is a very different protein from that which is found in meat products, cheese, eggs, and fish. Vegetarian protein from green beans requires some effort to digest and so is recommended to use spices that help digestion such as asafetida, cumin seeds, fresh ginger, and black pepper. Adding these spices will help to reduce any side effect such as bloating or gas that beans are often associated with.

This is a bright and colourful dish which has lovely flavours and textures that goes well with basmati rice. South Indian Green Beans is simple to make and the ingredient are easily found.

And yes, it can be ready in only 15 minutes!

Serves 2-3

Ayurveda Green Beans Recipe

1/2 lb green beans, edges trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp black mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp whole or ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
4 curry leaves
olive / coconut oil

Heat 1 tbsp olive / coconut oil in a large saucepan over medium-high setting. Add mustard seeds and wait until they begin to make a popping sound. This means the oil is warm enough. Then add turmeric, cumin, coriander, garlic, and curry leaves. Sauté for approximately one minute, allowing flavours to infuse.

Add green beans and a small amount of water (approximately 1/8 cup). Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 5 – 6 minutes, until green beans are cooked, but not too soft. Add salt and cook for another minute or so.

If you desire a sweeter taste, you may also add a bit of agave nectar (1/2 tsp or so) or shredded coconut.

Good food for throat, lungs, stress disorder, high cholesterol and pitta disorders.

If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of an Ayurvedic Lifestyle contact the Kerala Ayurveda Centre today.