Thursday, December 15, 2022



French Beans are commonly available all through the year. They are used in  different cuisines in India.

Some of my favourite dishes made with French Beans include:

Recipes for these are available elsewhere in this blog.

You may be surprised to know how much French Beans can be useful to your health by reading this article in Healthifyme. 

Today's recipe is for an easy to make dry curry using French Beans. My aunt in Mangaluru used to make this often and I am reminded of her each time I make this. 

For best results, please use tender French Beans. This dish goes great with hot steamed rice and dal or rasam


  • French Beans, 250 gms
  • Red Chillies, 3
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/4 cup
  • Cumin Seeds, 2 tsp
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida, (Hing), 1/4 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, 6-8
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 1 tbsp 


Wash the French beans, de-string them and chop them fine
In a small mixer jar, grind together the coconut gratings, red chillies and cumin seeds to a coarse paste adding very little water. Keep aside

Heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai and on medium heat add the mustard seeds
When they splutter add the asafoetida and curry leaves and saute for a few seconds
To this add the chopped beans, a little water and cook covered on medium heat till the beans get done. Take care that they get cooked yet remain firm
Add salt to taste and the ground masala paste and mix well
Cook for a couple of minutes on medium heat stirring from time to time till the beans get well blended with the masala
Switch off the gas and transfer to a serving bowl
Serve French Beans Dry Curry with hot steamed rice and dal or rasam 

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