Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winged Bean

Question: What is long and green and has 4 frilly edges?
Answer: A winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus).

Also known as four-angled bean in Chinese and kacang botol in Malay (literally translated as bottle bean), the winged bean has 4 frilly winged edges and tastes like something between an asparagus and a snow pea.

I was never a big fan of this bean until I found out recently that it has many beauty and health benefits.

5 reasons why you should include winged beans in your diet.

Winged beans help prevent premature ageing as these are packed with Vitamins A and C that work as antioxidants.

The high content of antioxidants present in winged beans ensures that the skin maintains its elasticity and keeps it looking young.

Winged beans are a rich source of folate, an essential component for DNA synthesis and cell division. Adequate folate in the diet around conception and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects in the newborn baby.

Winged bean seeds are also found to rival the protein quality and quantity of soybeans

Winged beans are rich in calcium and phosphorus which are important for keeping the teeth and bones strong.

Sambal Kacang Botol

A Malaysian recipe to share


10 winged beans, sliced at a slant

Sambal Paste
6  red chilies
2 cloves garlic
2 shallots
1 tbsp belacan (shrimp paste)
3 tbsp dried shrimps

1. Place Sambal Paste ingredients into a food processor and blend to a paste.
2. Heat up 2 tbsp oil in wok and fry sambal paste until oil separates.
3. Turn up heat, add winged beans and stir fry for about a minute.
4. Plate and serve


Have you tried winged beans?
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Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I'm not familiar with this bean but would love to try it.

betty said...

I wonder if I can find this in our local stores. I'll have to look for it and then try that recipe!


Sandee said...

I've seen these before at Nancy's blog. I didn't know they existed until then. Your dish looks might good.

Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

Hena Tayeb said...

Intriging.. I've never heard of it before.

stevebethere said...

First I have heard of this i might have to give it a try sounds interesting :-)

Have a beentastic week :-)

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XmasDolly said...

Whoa! Wonder if we can get that here in the states and if so bet we can find it at Traders Joes! Hmmmm byeeeeeeeeeeee going to the store... I have so got to try this recipe and hopefully it will work for me! Thanks girlfriend!

pilch92 said...

I would like to try these.

Helen - From Mummy to Mum said...

I've never seen or heard of this bean before! Will have to keep an eye out for it!

annies home said...

thanks for the introduction to a new vegetable had never heard o winged beans and will investigate into this further thanks for sharing
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Emily Twin Mummy and Daddy said...

I've not heard of this before. Very interesting! Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

Claire Justine said...

Whoo I have never seen these before. I would love to try some :)

Thanks for joining us at The Wednesday Link Up. #WednesdayBlogHop

loopyloulaura said...

I've never heard of winnged beans before. Not sure they are in UK supermarkets! Thanks for linking up with #globalblogging

Kippi O'Hern said...

Very interesting and I have never heard of them. Where can you purchase them? Happy New Year, Kippi #kippiathome

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

look so delicious.

Powell River Books said...

Interesting vegetable. I've never heard of it. - Margy

AngieOuellette-Tower said...

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Lydia C. Lee said...

OMG! Yum! Never seen them before but will def look out for them! #KCACOLS

Mummy and the Mexicans said...

I don't think I've come across these beans before, but they sound like they are definitely worth tracking down if you can! Thanks for sharing this with #kcacols, hope you can link up again next time!

Jo (A Rose Tinted World) said...

I had never heard of the winged bean but they sound lovely. Certainly something to look out for! #KCACOLS

emma me and b said...

wow, never even heard of these before. But they sound good in that salad/veggie bowl! #kcacols