Deep fried green beans may not be the healthiest bean recipe but trust me, these green bean fries are the tastiest way to eat your greens! Easy to make and spiced with cayenne pepper, I know you won't be able to stop eating them.
Vegetables are supposed to be healthy right? Green beans are definitely healthy. So how about green bean fries? Well, it may not be the healthiest way to eat green beans, possibly even one of the least healthy, but I promise you it is one the tastiest ways to eat your greens.
The cayenne pepper in the batter makes these fries so tasty. If you love spicy food then you will not be able to resist them! My husband and I both ate twice as many green beans as we would have done normally. Now I just need to try them on my kids.
What are green bean fries?
If you want some crispy green beans there are basically two ways to make them. The first way is probably a little healthier. You coat the beans in flour, egg and then breadcrumbs. You can then bake the green beans in the oven like in this recipe, although there's nothing to stop you from deep frying them!
The second way to make green bean fries is to coat them in a batter and then deep fry them. That's exactly what I've done here!
Ingredient notes for green bean fries
To make these tasty green bean fries you'll need:
- Buttermilk - If you don't have buttermilk you can use yogurt but thin it down with a little water. Or you can use milk but mix in a spoonful of lemon juice or vinegar aad let it stand for 5 minutes before using.
- Chickpea flour - this is also known as besan or gram flour. It's naturally gluten free which makes it great if you are serving anyone who is intolerant to gluten.
- Cayenne pepper - If you want feel free to experiment and use different spices. You could add a little turmeric or paprika.
- Green beans - Just wash them and cut the stalk end off before using.
- Cooking oil - Use an oil that is good for deep frying. I use vegetable oil.
How to make green bean fries
Do check out the printable recipe card further down the post for more information too.
First mix together all the ingredients for the batter. I needed to add a couple of tablespoons of water to get the batter to the right consistency. It should be fairly thick.
Then just mix the green beans into the batter.
Heat some oil in a saucepan. When you think it should be hot enough, add small drop of the batter and if it rises and sizzles the oil is ready.
Add a few green beans at a time. They will cook very quickly in about 2 minutes. Remove them with a slotted spoon and let them rest on some kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil.
What to eat with green bean fries
These green bean fries can be a snack. Just enjoy them by themselves with a dip. Plain or flavoured mayonnaise is delicious with them. You could also eat them with ketchup as you might eat regular French fries.
As these green bean French fries have an Indian flavor you could serve them with yogurt or a raita. I love them with mango chutney.
You might also serve these as a side dish for a main meal. As they are deep fried I like to make the rest of the meal fairly healthy. Why not serve them with grilled chicken, chicken tikka or with a burger?
Can you adapt this recipe for green bean fries?
Green bean fries are great. So are asparagus fries, courgette fries and red pepper fries. You get the idea. Just use your imagination and use the same recipe to make all kinds of delicious vegetable fries.
You can also adapt the spicing. If you want the fries to be a little hotter then add a bit more cayenne pepper. You could also add turmeric for milder spicing or curry powder.
How to make sure the vegetable fries stay crispy
Make sure the oil is really hot before you add the fries. Otherwise it will soak into the batter and make them less crispy as well as less healthy! And I don't know about you but I certainly don't want to make a less healthy recipe even less healthy!
The other thing to be careful of is to make sure that you don't overcrowd the pan. If there are too many fries in the oil it will lower the temperature and prevent them from crisping up as much.
My inspiration for this crispy green beans recipe
When I first made these green bean fries I was part of a club called the Secret Recipe Club. Our task was to make a recipe from another blog and I had The Triple Chocolate Kitchen. Unfortunately this blog seems to no longer exist so I can't link to the original post any more. In the original recipe cornmeal was used instead of chickpea flour.
I didn't have any cornmeal but as chickpea flour is used in many deep fried Indian snacks (like these cauliflower pakoras, pea pakoras and onion bhajis) I knew it would work well in these. Of course, I could have chosen another recipe but there was something about green bean fries that meant I just had to make them.
Green Bean Fries Recipe
- 100 ml buttermilk
- 70 g chickpea flour (gram flour)
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 220 g green beans
- oil Approx 1 ltr for deep frying
- Heat the oil as it needs to be really hot before you start cooking.
- Mix together the buttermilk, chickpea flour, cayenne pepper and a couple of tablespoons of water to make a paste. Drop a little into the oil to check the oil is hot enough. It should rise to the top and sizzle.
- Dip the green beans into the batter and then drop them carefully into the hot oil. Cook them in batches.
- Take the beans out once they have browned. Put them on kitchen paper to soak up any excess oil before eating them while they are still hot.
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