Week 23 of 52 Weeks of Food

2017 ended in a delicious, but relentless, orgy of food. It’s going to take many weeks of sensible eating and hitting the gym to restore status quo.

My very first recipe of 2018, therefore, is healthy and green. Beans thoran is a duet of French beans and coconut. Despite it’s South Indian roots, it complements almost any Indian meal, bringing freshness to a table of otherwise spicy and fussy foods.

It’s also incredibly simple to make, which makes it a staple in our home 🙂


French Beans: 250 grams, chopped small (3-4 serves)

Fresh Coconut: 1/3 of a coconut, grated

Curry Leaves: 4-5

Green Chillies: 1-2, sliced long

Mustard Seeds: ½ tsp

Urad dal (Split black gram): 1 tsp (Don’t be fooled by the name. The split version of this lentil is actually beige in colour. See picture. Also not to be confused with Yellow Mung which is similar in shape but yellow in colour.)

Salt: To taste

Oil: 1 tbsp


Add the oil to a wok. When hot put in the mustard seeds and let them sputter.

Add the curry leaves and green chilies.

Add the urad dal, stirring till the urad dal just turns golden. Be careful as it can go brown very quickly.

Add the beans and mix well.

Cover the wok and cook for 7-10 minutes until the beans are just done. The beans should retain their vibrant green colour. Leave a slight crunch if possible.

Add the grated coconut and mix well. You can cook for a few minutes longer letting some of the coconut brown at the bottom of the pan, or leave the coconut white and fresh. It tastes great both ways.

Serve hot with sambar or dal and steamed rice.

Bon appetite and Happy New Year 🙂




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