December 4, 2011

Sorshe sim (Flat beans with mustard paste)

In winter, my mother cooks this dish often for lunch. It is dish with a kind of flat beans called sim and uses the fresh mustard paste that is so often used in Bengali kitchen. The coriander gives a freshness that reminds me of winters. I love it. And today for a simple Sunday lunch, I decided to make it. And aw, how it reminded me of the colorful and flavorful afternoons in winter Kolkata.

You can print the recipe for your kitchen here: PRINTABLE RECIPE
(Serves 2)

200g flat beans
1/2sp nigella seeds
2tbsp fresh mustard paste
1/2cup chopped fresh coriander
Green chili
Salt, sugar


1.      Cut the beans into 1 inch pieces.
2.      Heat oil in wok. Rub the nigella seeds on palm and add in the oil. Let it crackle.
3.      Add the beans and chili. Season with salt. Cook on low heat covered.
4.      When the beans are almost done, add the mustard paste and chopped coriander. Sprinkle a pinch of sugar.
5.      Cook uncovered on moderate heat until the beans are well done.
6.      Serve with steaming rice.

Dijon mustard cannot substitute the mustard paste. In case fresh mustard paste is not available, make a paste out of ground mustard with little water. Let it stay for 10 minutes before adding to the food.
The fresh mustard paste should be made quickly as too much grinding tends to make it bitter and the mustard starts loosing flavor.

1 comment:

  1. lovely dish. I was just thinking of calling my mother to get the recipe, now I don't need to :)Thanks for sharing.


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