Fossolia (Ethiopian-Style Green Beans)

Fossolia (Ethiopian-Style Green Beans)

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From: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2018

Like many Ethiopian dishes, this green bean side dish recipe has endless variations depending on who's cooking it. Green beans are always the star, most often along with carrots and rosemary, though it can also be served with potatoes or cabbage.

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  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed and halved
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup sliced yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup minced fresh ginger
  • 2½ tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tablespoons water, plus more as needed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon makulaya alicha spice blend (see Tip) or equal parts dried basil and thyme
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin


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  1. Place green beans in a large bowl, cover with hot water and let soak for at least 10 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomato and cook, turning frequently, until blackened in several spots, 8 to 10 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel and core the tomato. Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in the pan over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and cook, stirring, until browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, onion, ginger and garlic and cook, stirring often, until starting to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Add water and cook, stirring and adding another tablespoon of water as needed to prevent sticking, until the onion is tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Return the green beans to the pan along with the tomato puree, rosemary, makulaya (or basil and thyme), salt and cumin. Cook, stirring often, until the green beans are tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Tip: Makulaya alicha spice blend is made with turmeric, garlic, ginger and white cumin.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¾ cup
  • Per serving: 199 calories; 15 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 16 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 50 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,050 IU vitamin A; 23 mg vitamin C; 71 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 153 mg sodium; 440 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (38% daily value), Vitamin A (21% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1

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