120. fansi or posho shaak
simple, tasty and healthy
Posho, fansi or french beans. These long green beans are very healthy. Rich in dietary fiber, vitamins A, B and C. Tender beans are rich in folate. It is also rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium and many others. Commonly called posho by the vgetable sellers in Kenya and fansi in India. When I first went to India, I made the mistake of asking for posho and the poor guy could not understand what I wanted. I had to rummage through his baskets and bags to find what I wanted. Fished out a bag of posho and he smiled from ear to ear and announced ‘oh you wanted fansi ‘ in gujarati. Now’s the right time to try out this simple but nutritious dish as the posho is absolutely green and tender. Did you know they are also called squeaky beans?
Fansi or posho shaak (vegetable)
250 g french beans
2 tbsps oil
1 tbsp sesame seeds (tal)
¼ tsp carom seeds (ajmo)
¼ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
½ to 1 tsp green chilli paste
1 tsp finely chopped garlic
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsps fresh chopped coriander
- Wash and dry the beans. Trim the ends and cut into slices of nearly ½ an inch.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over low heat.
- When it is hot, add the carom and sesame seeds. Cover with a lid for 30 seconds.
- Add turmeric powder, chilli paste, garlic and the beans. Add the remaining ingredients except for the lemon juice.
- Mix well. Cover and let the bean cook over low flame for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir the vegetable occasionally.
- Take off the heat. Mix in the lemon juice and coriander and serve with hot chappatis.
- Cook the vegetable just 15 minutes before serving.
- Don’t overcook the vegetable if you like a crunchy taste.
- Eat on its own with a dollop of yogurt.