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Frozen French Cut Green Beans Fry (Indian Style)

Frozen French Cut Green Beans Fry - Indian style sabzi made with frozen French cut green beans and spices. Goes well with rice and dal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Madhavi


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 lb frozen french cut green beans ( 0.45 kg)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon mild red chili powder ( I used Kashmiri red chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chana dal
  • 1 teaspoon urad dal`
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • pinch asafoetida
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • salt to taste
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 1 tablespoon coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup water


Instant Pot Method -

  • Turn on the instant pot on saute mode and add oil. When the oil gets hot, add mustard seeds. Let them pop and then add chana dal, urad dal and cumin seeds. Once the dal gets light brown add the chopped curry leaves and saute for 10 seconds.
  • Now add garlic and frozen french cut beans and mix it. Now add the turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala, brown sugar and salt and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add ¼ cup of water, give a mix and cancel the sauté mode. Close the lid and adjust the vent to the sealing position. Press the manual or pressure cooker mode and adjust the time to 3 minutes on high pressure. 
  • Once the cooking time is done, do a natural pressure release.
  • Add lemon juice and coriander. Mix it and taste for seasoning. Adjust salt, lemon juice or sugar if needed.

Stove Top Method -

  • Heat a wide skillet, and add oil. Once the oil gets hot add mustard seeds and let them pop.
  • Now add chana dal, urad dal and cumin seeds. Fry till light brown. Add curry leaves and garlic and saute for 15 seconds.
  • Add the frozen french cut beans and turmeric powder. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup of water, reduce the heat and cook for 10 -12 minutes till beans gets soft. Mix often and splash some water if needed.
  • Now add red chili powder, garam masala, coriander powder, salt and brown sugar.
  • Cook for another five minutes. Finally add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Taste and adjust the seasoning.


Garlic is optional.
You can also add some fresh coconut at the end.