Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sri Lankan Green Bean Curry

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My mother makes the best green bean curry.  She came over the other day and showed me just how she makes it so I could take pictures for this post.  This curry is a perfect vegetarian/vegan dish and it goes well with any rice and curry meal.

Ingredients:  
1lb of frozen of fresh green beans (see note)
12-15 curry leaves
1 medium onion chopped
2 green chilies sliced (seeded for less heat)
1 cinnamon stick
1tsp of fennugreek seeds
1 tsp of mustard seeds
1 tsp of cumin seeds
3/4 tsp of sugar
1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
Red chili powder (to taste)
1Tbs of curry powder
salt to taste
1/2 cup of coconut milk (or cow's milk if you prefer)

Notes:  You can use frozen or fresh green beans for this dish.  I used frozen green beans.  You can cut them into smaller pieces if you desire.  If you do,  adjust your cooking time because they will cook faster.

Heat 1 Tbs of canola oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat.  Once heated, add the onions, chilies, curry leaves, cinnamon stick and fenugreek seeds.   Fry for a few minutes until onions become tender.





Next add your cumin and mustard seeds.  Fry for another few minutes.






Then add your green beans and your dry spices.  Cook for 5-7 minutes.







Next add your coconut milk (or cow's milk).  Cook for another 5-7 minutes.  You want to taste for salt and seasoning here.  Once the green beans are very tender (but not mushy)and have absorbed all the flavors of the spices your dish is done. 





Serve as part of a rice and curry meal.  Enjoy.

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23 comments:

  1. Oh, delicious! I love green beans and this is a fantastic way to serve them! Thank you and thanks to your mother....

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  2. Sounds delicious and simple too, can't wait to try it this coming week for dinner, thanks!!

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  3. The spice combination in this dish would work for so many dishes. I have never used cinnamon I am always amazed how various spices interact with each other.

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  4. Yum! I'm totally going to make this...maybe even tonight! I love Sri Lankan-style curries like this one with the coconut milk...I've never heard of this particular one with the green beans, so I can't wait to try it!

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  5. This is right up my alley...I love curries. I found a recipe for a Sri Lankan cashew nut curry I have been wanting to try...maybe I should just have a Sri Lanken themed dinner and cook this one too.

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  6. This looks wonderful--I will definitely try this with the beans from the garden.

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  7. Calls my attention that you substitute coconut milk with cow milk, it will definitely be quite another dish.

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  8. I wanted to find a good "dry" beans curry recipe. Can that be done using this recipe but without the milk and maybe add shredded coconut instead?

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    1. I would suggest this one instead:

      http://curryandcomfort.blogspot.com/2012/05/spicy-green-bean-and-coconut-mellun.html

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    2. Thanks! I saw that recipe after I submitted my comment. I've recently discovered my love for cooking after getting married. I'm very impressed with your range of recipes (from my favorite Sri-Lankan recipes to "western" dishes which is my husband's preference). Your step-by-step instructions are really easy to follow.

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    3. Thanks!! Hope you enjoy everything you try. :)

      PS: Are you Sri Lankan?

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    4. Yes I am Sri-Lankan. I'm from the US but moved to Canada after getting married.

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    5. Nice to meet a fellow Sri Lankan!! Hope you enjoy the curry recipes. :)

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  9. THis was a great recipe!! Added sunburst squash from the garden and red chillies instead of green (all I had) and it turned out delicious!!
    thanks!

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  10. thanks a lot for this wonderful recipe.

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  11. I'm a sri lankan gal living in Oz and I have a kilo of green beans in the fridge lol. Was wondering how to make my grandma's bonchi curry eka. Thanks love!

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  12. Hi, I've never made Sri lankan food before and I'm excited to try this recipe! I like the combo of methi seeds, cinnamon and coconut milk. Is that common in Sri lankan food?

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    1. Hi Deb, Yes, all the ingredients in this dish are very commonly used in Sri Lankan cooking. We do use a lot of coconut milk because coconut trees are very abundant in Sri Lankan as well. If you do not have coconut milk you can use cow's milk. Hope you enjoy the dish. :)

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  14. Had given up on beans. Tried this and loved it !!!!

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  15. I just attended a Sri Lankan dinner at our local university, and curried green beans were one of the menu items. I love curries, and those beans were just crazy good! Your recipe ingredients look very much like what I could see and taste in them, so I'm going to try it.

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