If you haven't heard of fasolakia it's a healthy vegan Greek green beans recipe that is great as either a main meal or a side dish. Flavoured with garlic, ginger and chilli it is a spicy stew recipe to wake up your tastebuds!
Green Beans can be so much more than a side dish!
Are you a fan of green beans? I think they're delicious but I mainly eat them as a side dish. That's a shame as they can be so much more. In this Greek green bean stew recipe they become the real star. It's a healthy vibrant recipe that is so good you can eat it as a main dish.
The green beans really soak up the spicy flavours in the stew and if you have some fresh bread to mop up the sauce then it becomes quite a hearty meal.
So if you think a green bean stew is not interesting enough to make as main meal then do think again. The chilli, ginger and garlic in this recipe really make it worth trying.
Ok, I have to admit that I was surprised by just how tasty this recipe is. I wasn't expecting to like this green bean stew quite as much as I did!
What is fasolakia?
Fasolakia is a Greek green bean recipe a bit like a stew and can be served cold as well as hot. That means it's a great recipe to make one day and then eat the leftovers the next day. You don't even have to reheat them. It's also a super simple recipe to prepare. Once the onions have softened then it's really just a case of adding the green beans and other vegetables to the pot and simmering.
This Greek beans recipe is slightly adapted from a recipe in Sarah Raven's Food for Friends and Family. I borrowed this book from the library and I lovde it so much I was disappointed when I had to take it back. It is divided into 4 sections and a lot of the recipes remind me of Ottolenghi's Plenty in that they really celebrate the vegetables.
What ingredients do you need for fasolakia?
- Olive oil - Just light olive oil is fine for this recipe as you're using it to cook the vegetables in.
- Onion - I usually use a brown onion but red onion also works
- Green beans - These are the star of this dish so really nice fresh ones are best.
- Garlic - Fresh cloves of garlic are fine or lazy garlic
- Fresh root ginger - Or lazy ginger
- Red chilli pepper - Use a green one if you don't have red or omit completely if you don't want it to be too hot.
- Ground coriander
- Fresh herbs - Parsley or coriander both work well
- Vegetable stock
Can you adapt this Greek beans recipe?
Of course you can adapt it! If you're not such a fan of chillies then leave them out for example or take the seeds out.
If you want it to be more of a soupy recipe then you can dice the green beans and add some extra stock.
Don't feel you have to cook the beans for the full 45 minutes. I normally like my vegetables to retain quite a bit of bite and so sometimes I'll just cook this for 20 minutes.
You can throw in a few extra ingredients if you like too. For example Greek olives go really well in this stew.
This is a vegan recipe but of course feel free to adapt it. I love eating this with a dollop of Greek yogurt or some crumbled feta.
Can you freeze fasolakia?
Yes, this dish freezes well for up to three months. Defrost and then reheat in a saucepan or in the microwave
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Fasolakia | Greek Beans Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 onion finely diced
- 220 g green beans
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- 10 g ginger grated or finely diced
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 1 red chilli pepper finely sliced
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- Handful fresh herbs parsley or coriander
- 200 ml vegetable stock
- Chop the onion and put it in the saucepan with a little olive oil. Cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
- Add all the other ingredients to the pan, reserving some of the herbs to garnish with. Simmer over a low heat for about 45 minutes.
- Serve with crusty bread.