This dish was a favourite of mine during my childhood days! My Mom made it every time the vegetable vendor came home selling a fresh crop of green beans. Since my family likes stuffed veggies I make the green bean mix just the way my Mom did and stuff it into a steamed green pepper. I rarely buy fresh beans because of all the work involved in prepping them etc., but when I do get fresh beans I make this dish and reminisce my childhood days when the aroma of beans cooking mixed with coconut would waft through our home. Beans and onion are sautéed in coconut oil with mustard seeds (put the seeds in the oil first and wait for them to sputter), chili flakes, fresh garlic and then doused in fresh coconut flakes to give you a flavorful burst of coconut goodness. This decadent veggie mix is then stuffed into steamed green peppers making it the ultimate green veggie dish. You can use colored peppers if you like. I use frozen coconut flakes which are closest to fresh. I get packs of these at the Indian grocery store. You can also use dry coconut flakes. Just soak them in warm water before use for that fresh coconut taste. This bean dish could be eaten as a side with rice, or stuffed into a pepper, into a wrap or just plain like a salad. It tastes fresh and flavorful! You can use frozen beans but you really should try this with fresh beans.
Nutrition Wise !
Beans are low-calorie and a great source of fiber and Vitamin A and Iron. Red onions are high in allicin which has cancer fighting and cholesterol lowering properties! They are also a good source of chromium which helps with diabetes control. Green peppers are loaded with Vitamin C and are an excellent source of carotenoids and fiber. Coconut flakes are like the icing on the cake and add antibacterial, antiviral benefits and a whole lot more. Just read my post on coconut to see why I think coconut should be listed a superfood !
Beans cooking ! I don’t have very fancy cooking pans !
Stuff a tortilla, chapathi, or pita bread to make a cool veggie wrap.
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