Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Broad beans in oil

I thought I had a photo of these, but I don't. Sorry.

They were green, and broad bean looking.

3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1kg frozen broad beans
a good pinch of sugar (optional)
3-4 tbsp hot water
½-1 bunch coriander, leaves and tender stems only, finely chopped
juice of 1 lemon, or to taste

Warm the oil in a large frying pan, add the onions and saute them, stirring them occasionally, until they are transparent and yellowish in color. At this point stir in the beans, sprinkle with the sugar, if using, and cook for 3-4 minutes. From time to time give them a stir. Then add 3-4 tbsp hot water, stir and simmer covered for a further 2-4 minutes. Uncover, add the coriander and simmer for a further few minutes or until the beans are soft. Stir in the lemon juice and serve.

This is really handy because it uses frozen broad beans. It’s nothing earth shattering, but it’s a really tasty way to make a super quick green vegetable for the side. Let’s face it, as much as we want to focus on each part of the overall meal, sometimes, the side vegetable gets left as an afterthought. If it does, this is not a bad solution at all. It would also be really good for picnics.

I liked them, and I’m going to replace my stash of frozen broad beans so that I can make it again in the future.

It was fromNew Flavours of the Lebanese Table .

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