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Beans Curry

By Swasthi on August 29, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Beans curry recipe – This beans recipe can be used to prepare any variety of beans like French beans, cluster beans, Chinese long beans, lima beans, averakai. Make sure you use tender beans and devein them well if needed. To make this beans curry, I have used long beans also called as borabati.

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They taste absolutely great and tasty than any other beans. If these are available in your local markets, do try them, you will love it. I have made it with no garlic, no onion, no green chili, no ginger, and no coconut, if you wish you can add any of them.

But onion does not add any taste. It is not a very dry curry, it’s moist and goes well with chapati and rice too. This can be served with Sambar, South Indian rasam or this tomato rasam.

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Beans Curry

Beans curry is a simple and healthy Indian side dish made with beans, lentils, spices and herbs. It goes well with rice, roti or any meal
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 2 cups beans chopped (french beans or cluster beans or long beans)
  • 1 handful moong dal , pesara pappu
  • ½ tsp ginger , crushed . (optional)
  • 1/3 cup tomato or 1 large red and ripe tomato (chopped)
  • 1 sprig Coriander leaves , chopped
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ to ¾ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ tsp cumin /jeera
  • 1 Pinch mustard seeds
  • Oil as needed
  • 1 Pinch hing


  • Wash and soak moong dal in enough water for at least 30 minutes. Make sure it is soaked thoroughly.
  • Add water to a pressure cooker, add chopped beans to a bowl without adding any water. Place this bowl in the pressure cooker and cook for 2 whistles.
  • Heat a pan with oil, add mustard, jeera and curry leaves, let them splutter, then add hing and ginger if using, saute.
  • Add tomatoes, salt and turmeric. Fry the tomatoes till they turn fully mushy. After that cook for another 2 mins.
  • Add the dal, beans, chili powder and salt as needed.
  • Mix well and fry for 2 to 3 mins. If there is any stock left after cooking beans, just pour it and increase the flame to evaporate that water.
  • Close the lid and cook for 2 to 3 mins till the beans turn tender and blend well with the tomato and chili powder. Also make sure dal is cooked fully.
  • Add coriander leaves, coconut if desired. beans curry is ready.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Beans Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 32
% Daily Value*
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 157mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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How to make beans curry with step by step photos

1. Wash moong dal and soak for about 30 minutes. Drain them off. Chop the beans and put them to a bowl. Place the bowl in a pressure cook, allow to cook for 2 whistles. No water is added to the beans bowl. Heat oil in a pan, saute mustard, cumin and curry leaves. Add hing and ginger or garlic if using. Add tomatoes, turmeric and salt.

soak moong dal to make beans curry

2. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy. Add the drained moong dal, cooked beans and chili powder. You can also add garam masala or coriander powder. Fry for 2 to 3 minutes. If there is any stock from the pressure cooked beans, you can pour that to the curry and cook further until the water evaporates. Check if the dal is soft cooked otherwise cover and cook for sometime. Garnish with coriander leaves.

cooking tomatoes in pan to make beans curry

Serve beans curry with rice or chapati.

Indian style beans curry for rice chapathi

About Swasthi

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5 stars
Yum, delicious way to cook long beans. Verdict from my family was “perfect”. Second time I tried I ended up overcooking the green gram so it turned mushy and became a thick dal. In fact it was just as good like that and we enjoyed with chapati 🙂

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Wow…this turned out fab! Reminded me of what my mum used to make.

Tried this with french beans. It was so delicious. Adding moong dal was a nice variation.

5 stars
Very good, as is everything I’ve made from this site. I added fresh sweet corn and some mushrooms. Do not have pressure cooker, but beans cook easily by just sauteeing, so I just cooked in pan with corn and onions.

5 stars
Place beans simply on a bowl or placed on a stand inside the pressure cooker

5 stars
Hi swathi very simple and tasty recipe ,I made this dish very tasty

5 stars
Very tasty recipe…

5 stars
hi, can I use frozen green beans?

No water is added to the beans bowl – means should I pressure cook beans without water ?

Beans bowl in cooker filled with water – u mean steam cook??

Yes got it
Thank u

Your recipy was wonderful and very nice

A healthy protein pack curry, delicious.<br />

Nice variation to the regular curry with coconut

looks yummy….

looks mouthwatering…just delicious!

proiyal looks delicious dear..

healthy and delicious poriyal.

yum …looks nice

A Healthy Beans Curry… Nice Swasthi…

poriyal looks simple n tasty…nice clicks

nice version.. hv not tried with moong..

Even i love my veg poriyal with some dals, this poriyal looks simply awesome.