September 03, 2010

Green beans & carrots (tumis bunchis)

carrots and beans

This is an Indonesian recipes I made from Madhur Jaffrey's cookbook Step by Step Cooking a few weeks ago. It was interesting to see the similar ingredients used in a slightly different way. For instance, if I had made this earlier, I wouldn't have put garlic and curry leaves together with beans and carrots. But we all liked how it turned out.

Since then, we have made it a few times and liked the results every time.

Here is how we made it.
(Recipe courtesy: Madhur Jaffrey's Step by Step Cooking)

carrots and beans

1 pound green beans
2 medium carrots
2-4 hot green chillies
1inch cube ginger
1 inch cube galangal (optional)
1/2 medium onion
4 garlic cloves
3tbsp veg oil
8-10 curry leaves
Salt to taste

Chop everything into thin slices.
In a pan, when the oil is hot, put in chillies, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, and onion.

Then add green beans, carrots and salt. Saute it all together for a couple of minutes. Then add about 3/4 cup water and let it cook for 5-7 minutes till the carrots turn soft and the water disappears.

carrots and beans

Serve hot with rice and dal.


  1. wow what a delicious n gorgeous looking dish ...yummy the ingredients used in it


  2. looks delicious! colorful and healthy too!

  3. so colourful. looks creamy and delicious.

  4. That almost looks like a Kerala-style stir-fry. Lovely flavors!

  5. They look so very bright and perky.
    Like you said garlic and ginger might not have been in my recipe either.

  6. I love beans! So does my kid (hallelujah!). So this looks great and I love the simplicity of it! Will try it soon!
    Anu (

  7. Sounds super delicious! Love the zesty flavors here.

  8. A simple but flavorful recipe. I tried it out and it came out great. I never used galangal, so I really wanted to use it in the dish. But couldnt find any in my supermarket, so omitted it. I really wanted to check what flavor galangal would have brought in the dish.

  9. curry looks so dleicious,...:-)

  10. The colour combination is beautiful.

    Isn't always a pleasure to discover new ways of preparing familiar ingredients?

  11. I would love to try this out. I am always on the lookout for new ways to cook the same vegetables. I love your blog and would love to try out some of your recipes.
    I am new to food blogging and would love it if you could visit my site and give me any advice


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