This recipe for sem ki sabzi, courtesy of Madhur Jaffrey, flavors green beans with fresh ginger and fiery green chiles. Beans in India are generally fully cooked and rarely crisp. They absorb the spices much better this way. If you wish to steam the beans instead of parboiling them, do so for about 12 minutes.



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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add beans and cook until bright green and tender, about 5 minutes. Drain.

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high; add asafetida. A few seconds later, add cumin seeds and let sizzle a few seconds. Remove from heat; add chiles and ginger. Stir a few times, then return to medium-low heat.

  • Add beans, 3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste), and coriander. Cook, stirring, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons water, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook 5 minutes more. Serve hot or room temperature.