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green beans poriyal served with roti, salad, shrikhand, masala
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Beans Poriyal

South Indian Green Beans with coconut
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 149kcal


  • 8 curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chili pepper ¼ teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
  • 1 pound green beans trimmed and chopped crosswise into ¼" pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • teaspoon asafetida hing
  • 2 teaspoons urad dal
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut frozen fresh or dry unsweetened desiccated

Optional Garnish Paruppa Podi

  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • ½ tablespoon chana daal
  • 1 dry red chili pepper


  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. When shimmering hot, add mustard seeds and allow them to pop. Then add asafetida, urad dal, curry leaves & red chilies. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and dal turns light golden brown, about a minute.
  • Add green beans, salt; cover and cook, stirring occasionally until beans are crisp-tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in coconut.
  • To make the optional garnish of fresh spice mixture - Roast Chana dal, then add coriander seeds and dry roast on the stovetop in a small pan. Coarse grind along with the red chili. Sprinkle over Green Bean Poriyal for a nutty and spicy flavor boost!



  • Equal amount of roasted peanuts or chana dal can be substituted for Urad Daal 
  • You can also use frozen green beans instead of fresh in this recipe. Simply stir fry a few minutes longer.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 896IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
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