Saturday, February 09, 2013

Burmese Green Beans

I've given Mum's recipe a slight Burmese twist with the addition of dried shrimp powder, soya sauce, fish sauce and toasted sesame oil.


1/2 lb. green beans, cut in 1/2" matchsticks or diced
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
½ tsp. kalonji/kalo jeera/nigella seeds (optional)
2 large onions, sliced
1 green chili or jalapeno pepper, diced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 tsp. dried shrimp powder
salt to taste
2 tsp. white pepper, or to taste
2 Tbsp. soya sauce
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil

  1. Blanch green beans in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Stir-fry chili & onions until translucent, making sure onions do not brown.
  4. Add dried shrimp powder & tomatoes and stir-fry until they break down.
  5. Stir in green beans, salt, pepper, soya sauce, fish sauce & sesame oil.
  6. Stir well and simmer until green beans are fork tender.
  7. Serve with steamed Basmati rice.

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