Thursday, September 5, 2019



French Beans is perhaps one of the most commonly available vegetables in India. It is used in cuisines of different parts of the country. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes using French Beans in the South-Indian style French Beans Moong Dal Stir FryFarasbi chi Sabzi from Maharashtrian cuisine, and our very own Konkani dish, Beans Talasani.

Today's recipe is from Tamilnadu. It is a poriyal (stir fry) made with French Beans. We enjoy this from time to time, as it is a simple, easy to make side dish - yet delicious.

The addition of onion adds to the flavour of this dish.  For best results, choose French Beans that are tender.

  • French Beans, 250 grams
  • Mustard Seeds,1/2 tsp
  • Bengal Gram Dal ( Channa Dal), 1/2 tsp
  • Black Gram Dal, (Urad Dal), 1/2 tsp
  • Dry Red Chilli, broken into halves, 1
  • Asafoetida (Hing) Powder, 1/8 tsp
  • Medium-sized Onion, chopped, 1
  • Green Chillies, slit, 2
  • Curry Leaves, a few 
  • Turmeric (Haldi) powder, 1/8 tsp
  • Salt, to taste 
  • Oil, 2 tsp
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 3 tbsp, 

Wash the French Beans, snip off both the ends and de-string them. Chop the beans and keep aside.
In a thick-bottomed kadhai, heat oil and on medium heat add the mustard seeds and when they splutter, add the chana dal and urad dal
Saute till the dals change colour
Next add the dry red chilli, and asafoetida powder and saute for a few seconds
To this, add the chopped onion, green chillies, curry leaves and turmeric powder
Saute till onions turn translucent
Add the chopped beans along with salt, and 1/4 cup of water
Cover and cook stirring from time to time till the beans get done
Switch off the gas, add fresh coconut gratings and mix well
Serve hot as a side dish

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