Monday, January 2, 2023



Here's wishing you and your families a Very Happy and Peaceful New Year! 

After the heavy food we enjoy in the holiday season - both eating out and hosting at home- we feel like having some simple homely food for a change! Even an easy to make side dish with rice and rasam or dal tastes great!! 

I decided to make one using French Beans which is 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 for dishes made with French Beans such as:-

Today's recipe is from my Home State of Karnataka. It is a "Palya" (stir fry) made with French Beans, called "Huralikayi" in Kannada. We enjoy this from time to time, as it is a simple, quick to make yet delicious side dish.

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

We enjoyed this with hot steamed rice and rasam. 


  • Huralikayi (French Beans), 500 grams
  • Medium-sized Onions, 2
  • Green Chillies, 2
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Hing, (Asafoetida), 1/4 tsp
  • Channa Dal, 1 and 1/2  tsp 
  • Urad Dal, 1 and 1/2 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, 8-10
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/4 tsp 
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1/4 cup 
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 2 tbsp

Wash and de-string the French Beans and chop them fine 
Finely chop the onions
Slit the green chillies

Place the French Beans in a vessel, sprinkle a little water and cook this in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles
Once the cooker cools, remove the French Beans and keep aside

Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadhai and on medium heat add the mustard seeds
Once they splutter add the hing followed by channa dal and urad dal and saute till the dals change colour
Next add the chopped onions, split green chillies, and curry leaves and saute till the onion turns translucent

To this add the cooked beans, turmeric powder and salt to taste and mix well
Cover and cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes till the excess water evaporates
Switch off the gas and add the fresh coconut gratings
Transfer to serving bowl 
Serve as a side dish with hot steamed rice and rasam or with chappatis

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