Green Beans and Potato Saute

The ‘re-doing’ work of our house has come close to its end. The invasive smell of paint, putty and ‘lambi’ is certainly not something I enjoy anymore. There was a time when as a child I found them very interesting and longed to dabble with a pot of wall paint. Not anymore! Twice, during the past couple of weeks I have had severe attacks of acidity due to these un-natural odours and not been able to attend work apart from bearing the physical discomfiture. Minor infractions.

Needless to say, food has been a quiet affair, simple and easy. Simple certainly, but far from boring. Sometime back Vera had suggested that I might like a vegan dish that she regularly made. She was right. The first time I also garnished slivered and roasted almonds and realized there was no need to do that. The generous sprinkling of pepper and a pinch of nutmeg make it a rounded and tasty dish close to our traditional mezhukkupurrati. It pairs up best with rice and rasam but tastes good wrapped inside a roti.

I made some changes to the original recipe, basically only in the way the vegetables were cut. In the original recipe the beans were left uncut and the potatoes were cubed. I halved the beans and cut the potatoes into wedges, almost the same length as the beans. The simplicity will ease your mornings.

Recipe:  Green Beans and Potato Saute
Serves 4
(Recipe credit: Veronika Studer)

Potato – 4, medium sized, cut into long wedges
Green string beans – 250g, left uncut. I cut them into 2 inch lengths.
Onion – 1, medium sized, sliced thin
Garlic – 5 or 6 pods, slightly crushed
Olive oil – As needed, about 3 tbsp.
Salt, pepper and nutmeg – As per taste
Mint leaves – 5 or 6, if preferred


Scrub potatoes well to remove grit. Peel if you would like. Cut into half lengthwise. Cut each half into thick wedges, as you would for baked potato wedges. Cook the potatoes in hot, simmering water for about 5 min. Drain and dry.

Pre-heat oven at 200 deg. C or 375 deg. F. Line with foil. Mix the potatoes with 2tbsps. of olive oil. Toss a pinch of salt and pepper each, and toss well over the foil, taking care not to tear the foil. Bake for about 15 min or until golden. Season with pepper, salt and nutmeg to taste.

Whilst the potatoes are baking, wash and string the green beans. Bring just enough salted water to boil in a pot. Add the string beans and cook in simmering water for 5 to 10 min till the beans are just done, still crunchy and retaining the colour.

Heat remaining olive oil in a pan, add onions and saute till lightly browned. Add smashed garlic, the cooked green beans, potato cubes and mint leaves, if using. Stir them together. Adjust seasoning as per taste and serve with soup, rice and rasam or roll it in a phulka.

It makes a light and refreshing side dish as well as a good appetizer for the veggie lover. When I returned home from office, I found that my daughter had polished off the left over dish with a dollop of rasam.


Harini is a vegan food photographer, writer and recipe developer. She also loves feeding birds, reading, watching crime thrillers, and travelling amongst other things.

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  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Ktichen

    Congratulations on your 3 years of blogging! I'm very happy to have met you and Veronika on Flickr, I love looking at both of your photostreams and it has been a lot of fun commenting on each other's pictures. This is a wonderful dish, just the kind of simple vegetable dish that I love making.

  • Dershana

    Hi H, how have you been? found the idea of adding mint leaves in there unique. I make something similar, with broccoli. Should try adding mint in it 🙂

  • Kankana

    this dish so yummy and simple .. I will definitely try this soon.
    I am a new blogger in this food- blog world : I call it Sunshine & Smile 🙂 Learning everyday something new 🙂

  • Preeti Kashyap

    I have made this a few times as well (not with almonds though)and no doubt the combination is lovely! I love the tradition mezhukkupuratti too.

  • meeso

    That sounds really delicious! Lovely simple recipe!

  • Sunshinemom

    Thanks, everyone!

    Sharmila, same here! I am glad too that I came to know you through blogging.

    Kumudha, thank you for the warm words! I am sure all of us doing our little bits will make a difference.

  • bellini valli

    This is a delicious side dish that I must try!!!!

  • Lilla Kullan ? Hemma på Landet

    Lovely food, beautiful photos.:-) Stina

  • jayasree

    Loved the way you have chopped the veggies. It makes it very appealing.

    Congrats and wishing you many more happy blogging years.

  • Kumudha

    I recently discovered your blog!

    I like everything from your writing style to the lovely food pictures.

    Thank you so much for posting so many great recipes and inspiring people to try plant-based food…

  • Sharmila

    My! What a simple dish! Love the crisp edges of the poatatoes … baked did you say?! Personally I'd cut the beans a wee lil smaller as am not too fond of them … but I do eat them. 🙂 And it will be rice for me.
    Happy Bloggy b'day Harini! Am so glad I know TT and you … may you keep blogging on and on. 🙂

  • Priti

    Simple n yum…love the clicks

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