Quick stir fried veggies are an absolute winner for all those meals when you want to get something healthy on your plate without a lot of effort, and these salt and pepper broad beans are just that.
With a super simple seasoning and cooking process, these broad beans are pan fried to perfection and are ready to be paired with any of your favorite mains.
Ready to give this easy recipe a try? Here’s all you need to know about it before you do.
Ingredients For the Recipe
To make the salt and pepper broad beans, you need just a handful of ingredients.
- Oil: 1 tbsp
- Yellow mustard seeds: ½ tsp
- Fennel seeds: ¼ tsp
- Carom seeds: ¼ tsp
- Fenugreek seeds: ¼ tsp
- Fenugreek seeds: ¼ tsp
- Dry red chilies: 1
- Broad beans (chopped): 1 cup
- Black pepper powder: 1 tsp
- Salt: 1 tsp
How to Make the Salt and Pepper Broad Beans
Once you have your ingredients ready, here’s what you’ll need to do to put the dish together.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the whole spices and saute.
Next, add the broad beans and mix well. Saute and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the beans become soft.
Add the black pepper powder and salt next and mix well.
Cook for another minute and then serve hot as a side dish with your meals.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve used just broad beans for this recipe, but if you have some other veggies you would like to include in the mix, you could do that too, and turn this into a stir fry vegetable medley.
Carrots, zucchini, baby corn, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, green beans and spinach are some good options.
Your leftover salt and pepper broad beans can be transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated for 2-3 days. You can then reheat them in a skillet over high heat or for a few minutes in the microwave.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Salt and Pepper Broad Beans
Think you’re ready to give the recipe a try? Here are some additional tips and tricks you might want to take note of.
- To make the salt and pepper broad beans taste more rich and buttery, you can swap the oil you’re using to pan fry them with some butter instead.
- To lend these broad beans a bit of an umami flavor and deliciousness, you can also add a dash of soy sauce to it.
- Remember that the key to getting the right texture with these broad beans- soft and cooked through but with a bit of a bite- is to cook them on high heat.
- This version of the recipe calls for the use of a handful of Indian spices in addition to the salt and pepper. If you don’t have the spices, you can use a bit of curry powder instead.
- If you don’t have the dried red chillies the recipe calls for, just use red pepper flakes instead.
- A dash of smoked paprika, when added to this dish, can lend it an amazing flavor.
- For some extra deliciousness, you can also add some chopped garlic or garlic powder into the stir fry.
- Another great way to add some extra flavor to this dish is to sprinkle some stock powder into it.
- If you don’t want to pan fry these beans, you can also choose to air fry them and get them extra crispy and crunchy.
- Don’t underestimate the power of freshly chopped herbs when sprinkled on the dish towards the end. You can use either fresh cilantro or green onions- whatever you have at hand.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
These salt and pepper broad beans are incredibly versatile. They can be teamed up with practically any other Indian style main dish of your choice. Any curry, rice and/or flatbreads work wonderfully.
If you want to enjoy this dish as a main dish, you can stir fry a potato and combine it with the broad beans, and pair this with a roti flatbread for a complete, filling meal.
If you enjoyed trying this easy side recipe, and are inspired to try some more innovative recipes, here are a few good ones you might want to take a look at.
Salt and Pepper Broad Beans
- 1 tablespoon Oil
- ½ teaspoon Yellow Mustard Seeds
- ¼ teaspoon Fennel Seeds
- ¼ teaspoon Carom Seeds
- ¼ teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds
- 1 Dry Red Chilies
- 1 cup Broad Beans , (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon Black Pepper Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Heat oil in a pan. Add the whole spices and saute.
- Next, add the broad beans and mix well. Saute and cook for 4-5 minutes or until the beans become soft.
- Add the black pepper powder and salt next and mix well.
- Cook for another minute and then serve hot as a side dish with your meals.