Sunday, May 18, 2014

Recipe: Beans Poriyal

Beans Poriyal is a quick and easy South Indian veppudu (side dish) that I like to make when I'm in a mood for a green vegetable. This dish would go along with chapati; or in true South Indian style - rice and pick one: dal/sambhar/rasam.

Madh Mama's Beans Poriyal
Serves 3 people (and a baby!)

- 2 large handfuls of french beans
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 tsp urad dal
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 dry red chillies
- pinch of asafoetida
- 3 tbsp oil (either vegetable, sunflower or peanut oil works well)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric

- medium saute pan


Wash the beans, cut the ends off, and cut the body of the bean into small pieces.

Heat the oil up in the pan on medium heat and add the mustard seeds first, until they start to sputter.

When they start to sputter, add the urad dal. 

Monitor it closely - you want to get the urad dal to a light maroon color but you do not want to burn it.

Add the asafoetida, turmeric, dry red chillies and let it sit quickly, for about 10 seconds.

Add the beans and toss, leaving it for a minute on the heat.

Add salt, and 1/2 cup of water.

Cover the beans while they cook (about 7-10 mins).

When the beans are cooked nicely (check it by piercing it with a fork) you can take the lid off and let it sit for a few minutes. The beans can be charred a little bit.


*this dish can also be made with fresh grated coconut. You can add coconut at the very last step*



  1. This looks so easy and yum. I am going to try it, thanks for recipe :)

    1. Totally easy! It's one of my new favorites!

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe. Had this dish a while back in a South Indian restaurant. Was part of the weekend lunch buffet and my favorite dish; it was so good. They never had it back and I did not know the name but it looked exactly like this. Making it for dinner :)

    Millie B

    1. Fantastic, so happy! It is a true South Indian dish. I love how there are less ingredients, so you can really taste the vegetable.


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