Deep fried green beans may not be the healthiest bean recipe but I promise these green bean fries are just about the tastiest way to eat your greens! I promise 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 them 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!
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.
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
These green bean fries are actually my Secret Recipe Club pick for July. My assignment was to pick a recipe to make from the Triple Chocolate Kitchen. This blog is written by Allison, her sister Jessica and mother Sharon. The idea is that they test out recipes found online, mainly through Pinterest and then let us know if they really are worth making. This recipe was one of Allison's and actually resulted from a mistake when following another recipe. The result was so good that that's the way it's stayed. Well, almost.
I had to make a few changes as I couldn't find any cornmeal so decided to use chickpea flour instead. After all, it goes well in onion bhajis. 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 and cayenne pepper 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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