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Mediterranean goodness – Fresh Flat Beans (Helda beans) cooked in Olive oil 💚

May 1, 2015

If you were to ask my dear husband what his favourite vegetable dish was, his reply would include ‘Helda beans cooked in Olive oil.’  

 Helda beans or flat beans as they are also known, are similar to the well-known runner bean. They are flat, stringless green beans with a smooth skin.

These beautifully green beans are a colorful addition to any dinner plate, Helda beans are not just pretty, they pack a powerful nutrition punch! They are low in calories and are scrumptious as a summer dish served cold, or a winter dish served warm with bulgur rice.

I buy my Helda beans from my local Waitrose store where they are sold stringless, so much easier. In Turkey we buy these beans fresh from the local market and remove the strings on the sides of each bean with a knife by hand. So much easier here! 


Ingredients- (enough for 4)

3 tablespoons olive oil – (I use the best from

1 medium onion finely chopped

1 clove garlic finely chopped

500grams Stringless Helda Beans (washed and cut in half)

250grams fresh tomatoes (Peeled and grated)
1 teaspoon sea salt 

ground pepper to taste

3 tablespoons of warm water 

Method –

On a medium heat cook the onions and garlic with the olive oil until they are caramelised.

Add the tomatoes and cook further until the onions, garlic and tomatoes make a deliciously thick creamy sauce.

Add in the drained Helda beans and warm water. Sprinkle on the salt & pepper and leave to cook for 15-20 minutes on a low heat with the lid on. Until the beans are soft and tender. Stir from time to time and add a little extra water if needed.

Once cooked serve on a nice dish, enjoy with crusty fresh bread to dip into the yummy juices!

Enjoy! xxxx

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