Beans, Dry Curries

Green Beans Curry

This recipe is quick fix lifesaver if you are looking for a simple, flavorful dish to serve as a side to Roti or Rice. Thanks to my friend Anitha for sharing this recipe, this dish is now a regular feature on my menu..

Green Beans Curry
Green Beans Curry

You will need:
Green Beans – String and chop (or if you are pressed for time the frozen beans work fine too)
Garlic – 2 pods; Peel and mash roughly
Dry Red chillies – 2; broken into pieces
Salt to taste
Besan or Gram Flour – 2 tbsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp

For Seasoning:
Oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds (jeera), Hing or Asafoetida, 1 tsp urad dal, Curry leaves

1. In a pan, heat the oil. Add seasoning ingredients one at a time. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter and the urad dal to turn golden brown.
2. Add the dry red chillies and the garlic and fry for a minute.
3. Add the chopped green beans and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. Add salt to taste and mix well.
4. Add about 1/2 cup water, cover with a lid and cook until the beans are cooked and tender. Allow all the water to evaporate.
5. Add the gram flour/besan and mix well until the besan coats the green beans. Fry for 5 minutes on medium heat until the raw smell of the besan is gone.
6. Serve hot with roti or rice.

Delicious Green Beans Curry with Besan
Delicious Green Beans Curry with Besan


Coconut, Dal and Lentil Dishes, Dry Curries, Lunch Thalis, Rice

Comfort Food – A Simple South Indian meal

After 10 days of vacationing and a lot of eating out, its time for comfort food at home. My kids wanted to eat some simple home cooked comfort food (which rarely happens!!) much like how my little 1 year old and 3.5 year old nephews eat. So on the menu today is Rice with plain dal, instant garlic rasam and green beans curry (Beans Poriyal in Tamil, Beans Kobbari Koora in Telugu, Beans Palya in Kannada).

Comfort Food - Rice, Dal, Garlic Rasam and Green Beans Curry
Comfort Food – Rice, Dal, Garlic Rasam and Green Beans Curry

For the dal:

1 cup Toor Dal

Pressure cook the dal with some turmeric, salt and 2 small pods of garlic (optional) in a pressure cooker for 4 or 5 whistles with enough water. After done mash and serve hot with rice.

For the Garlic Rasam:

2 medium Tomatoes – Wash and chop roughly
2 green chillies
a few sprigs cilantro
3 pods garlic
a few curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)
1 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Rasam powder
Salt to taste

Ingredients for Garlic Rasam
Ingredients for Garlic Rasam

1. Combine all of the above, except the powder and grind coarsely by adding a little water.


2. Add the turmeric, rasam powder and salt. Add some water from the above cooked dal (if you have some water saved or just use plain water). Mix well. And simmer on stove top for about 5 minutes. Serve hot with rice. Trust me this rasam is so simple yet so addictive you will end up drinking it instead of eating it  :- )



For the Beans Curry:

2 cups Fresh Green Beans – String, wash and chop fine
2 Green chillies – Wash and slit lengthwise
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
a few curry leaves
Seasoning ingredients: 1 tsp mustard seeds, 1 tsp urad dal, hing (asafoetida)
1 tsp Fresh grated coconut(or frozen coconut thawed) for garnishing
Salt to taste
2 tsp Oil

Ingredients for Green Beans Curry
Ingredients for Green Beans Curry

1. In a pan, heat the oil. Add the seasoning ingredients and allow the mustard seeds to splutter. Add the curry leaves and hing.




2. Add the chopped green beans, turmeric powder and salt to taste. Add about 1/2 cup water and mix well.Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes or until all the water is evaporated and the curry is dry.


3. Garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.


Green Beans Curry
Green Beans Curry

Note: Many of my friends have asked me how my green vegetable (beans, broccoli, asparagus, gavar etc.) remain so green after cooking. I have seen when several people cook green beans it looses its fresh green look and looks a pale dull green which is not veyr apealing to the palate. I cant remember where I read this but many years back, I read that adding some turmeric powder along with green vegeable helps it retain its color. Also ensure that you do not add too much water.

Simple Comfort Food
Simple Comfort Food