Friday, February 26, 2021

Sichuan Style Long Green Beans

Long green beans is also called as Karamani in Tamil. We usually make curries with that for chapathi or rice. Our usual dry curries are with coconut and with dal (we call parupusli). We also make sambhar or gravy kind curries with the vegetable. I have made only our traditional curries with this vegetable. So when I saw this recipe for the #LNYCOOKOFF organized by Melissa's Produce, I wanted to give a try and we loved it. Of course I made changes to the recipe. I didn't have rice wine and also didn't add the brown sugar. I wanted a spicy one and in fact added a teaspoon of siracha paste (and a little bit more in my plate). I added tofu to have a balanced meal as I served with colored pepper fried rice. 

The original recipe called for coating the beans with corn starch and deep frying. I was not in the mood of deep-fried version and hence shallow fried them on a cast-iron pan for 3-5 minutes, till they became crisp. I coated the tofu with corn starch and shallow fried them like how I did the beans. You might like the Black Pepper Tofu too and these are vegan. I got su mi ya cai from Amazon which is preserved mustard greens. I added that in this recipe. If you don't have, you can make without it too.

This was very delicious. I served with fried rice and everything was empty in a jiffy. This version of beans had a great flavor and now I have few more ideas to try this beans in a few different fusion recipes. This is my second post for the #LNYCOOKOFF. I have already posted the Vegan Lo MeinNoodles

I am linking this to Helen's What's for Dinner? Sunday Link up #304. Drop by her site to see fabulous recipes linked by fellow bloggers.


Serves 4

Long beans - 3 cups, cut to 1.5-in pieces
Tofu - 7 oz, (Pressed to remove the water), cut into small pieces
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Corn starch - 2tbsp plus 1 tsp
Oil - 1/3 cup


Hoisin sauce - 2 tbsp
Chili garlic sauce - 2 tbsp
Vegetarian oyster sauce - 2 tbsp
Siracha paste - 1 tsp

For the final sauté

Oil - 2 tbsp
Ginger - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Garlic - 1 tbsp, finely chopped
Su mi ya cai (preserved greens) - 1 to 2 tbsp


Wash and dry the beans with a towel, chop them to 1 or 1.5 in long. Coat them with 2 tbsp corn starch. Heat 1/3 cup oil in a cast-iron pan and fry the beans in two batches, to crisp texture which would take around 3-5 minutes. Set aside.

Coat the tofu cubes with 1 tsp corn starch. In the remaining oil, fry the tofu cubes to crisp texture 3-4 minutes each side. Set aside.

Mix the sauces together and set aside. 

Heat the pan again and add 2 tbsp. When it is hot add the garlic, ginger, and the pickled greens. Sauté for about 30 seconds. Add the fried beans and tofu and Add the sauce. Stir-fry for a minute till everything is combined well. 

Serve immediately.


  1. These long beans look super flavorful and delicious!

  2. Green beans are a favorite veggie in my house so I'm always looking for new recipes! So glad I found this one.