Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Beans Curry

Ever since my parents have gone, my freezer has been bursting with food that my mother made and froze before she left and other stuff. So I am trying to empty the freezer – eating her food and using up other veggies.

This is another of my "invention". I had made beetroot rotis (recipe will come soon) the other day and was toggling and googling for a "new" side dish. There were beans in my freezer for quiet some time. So I decided use them up.

I called up my mother (her sister – my usual source of recipes – sleeps early. So I didn't want to disturb her). She gave me the usual recipe for beans. Then I asked my sis-in-law – she was even more vague than my mother. After chatting for sometime, my sis-in-law said – "You try out a dish and let me know how to make it if it come out fine."

I thought this wasn't working out. It was time to put my thinking cap on. That's how this extremely simple dish was born. P liked it a lot. So it was worth the experiment. I took some left over curry for lunch the next day with rice. It tasted good with rice also.

300gms Green Beans – cut into 1 inch pieces (I used frozen cut beans)
1 Onion – chopped
1 Tomato – chopped
1 Dry Red Chilli - torn into pieces
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 to 2 tsp Sambar Powder
20 Curry Leaves
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

  1. Heat oil in a pan. When hot, add the torn red chilli and fry for a minute.
  2. Then add the Mustard and Cumin Seeds and let them crackle.
  3. Now add the Onions and Curry Leaves and fry till the Onions turn golden brown.
  4. Add the Salt, Turmeric Powder and Tomatoes and cook till the tomatoes are mushy.
  5. Now add the beans, mix well, cover and cook till the beans are done. Add a little water if necessary.
  6. Once the beans are done, add the Sambar Powder, mix well and turn off the heat.
  7. Serve hot with rotis / rice.


  1. Simplicity does it... I am not a big fan of beans but this dish has the right ingredients to become a life saver in times of need:) Truly delicious..

  2. Thanks for dropping by Reva. With most of the ingredients in the cupboard all the time, this is an ideal dish when you need it.

  3. Sounds like a great simple dish, which are usually the ones which taste the best! I love your combination of spices you've used

  4. Thanks for the comments Selina. Its an extremely simple dish.


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