Green Beans with Shredded Coconut

This is a South Indian style of making beans, the green of the beans contrast with the white of the shredded coconut…very tasty, fresh-looking and easy, requires little prep time.

Ingredients:

Green Beans – 16oz pkt, frozen, French-style 

Oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard Seeds (Rai) – 1/2 tsp

Dry Red Chilies (whole) – 2 or to taste

Asafoetida (Hing) – 1 pinch

Turmeric Powder (Haldi) – ½ tsp

Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta) – 1 sprig

Bengal Gram (Channa Daal) – 1 tbsp

Split Black Gram (Urad Daal) – 1 tbsp

Salt – to taste

Shredded Coconut (frozen) – 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. In a wok, heat oil on medium to high heat.
  2. Add the Mustard Seeds and allow them to start spluttering.
  3. Add Dry Red Chilies, Asafoetida, Turmeric Powder, Curry Leaves, Bengal Gram Daal, Split Black Gram Daal, preferably in that order.
  4. This process has to be done fast and make sure you stir it so that it does not burn.
  5. Once the Bengal Daal starts to turn golden, add the the Green Beans and give it a good stir. Cover the pan with a tight lid and let it cook covered, stirring occasionally.
  6. Once the Green Beans have cooked, add salt and cook uncovered.
  7. Let the Green Beans dry out and remove from heat.
  8. Add the fresh shredded coconut and give it a final mix and serve hot.

Tips:

  1. Do not add any water; the frozen Beans have enough moisture.
  2. While cooking covered, every time you open for stirring let the moisture from the lid back into the wok…so it cooks in its own water.
  3. Shredded Coconut (frozen) is readily available at any Indian Store, if you do not have access to any, make the dish without it and its just as good.       

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0 thoughts on “Green Beans with Shredded Coconut

  1. let me say i love yur website its nice easy to follow recipes my husband is irish and im westindian and he loves indian food my indian recipes are very diffrent but we both rather yurs

  2. Hi!

    what are the other names for bengal garam and black garam? are those the usual garam masala that i used to see in LuLu and Hyperpanda?

    Is there an substitute for curry leaves, I found nothing in saudi arabia.

  3. Hi!

    what are the other names of bengal garam and black garam? are those the usual garam masala that i used to see in LuLu and Hyperpanda?

    Is there an substitute for curry leaves, I found nothing in saudi arabia.

    1. Hi Disha,
      The whole Urad Daal will take a long time to cook and will be very crunchy. You are better off just omitting it altogether. The dish will still taste great 🙂

  4. Hi,

    Tried this today.It was really good.I would like to know if i can follow the same with other frozen veg like mixed veg,frozen cauliflower, etc.,

    -Deepa.

  5. Hi,
    I guess I can use fresh beans for this recipe right ?
    Should I follow the instructions as it is in that case ?
    Please reply when u can.
    Thanks in advance.

    -Bhavika

    1. Hi Bhavika,

      Yes, you can use fresh beans. We like the french style beans because of the convenience. The process would be the same except that you may have to sprinkle a little water from time to time as the beans cook.

  6. mmm yammy really luv this style… amm i am gujrati… and hubby is southy… and he told me how to make it really teasty… buh we have to watch out for cholestrol rite na… thanx for posting this… really enjoy ur way of cookin’ thanx once again…
    ~dhingli

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