Monday, September 29, 2008

Yard Long Beans Subji

The yard long bean or long beans is a regular entry in my list for vegetable shopping, and though I usually combine it with kaya (raw banana) to make the kaya-payar thoran, or use it in olan and avial, I like to make a subji exclusively with it. Amma makes the payar thoran with grated coconut, tempered with mustard and curry leaves, but I did not have coconut and decided to try something different.

To make the dish seen in the picture, you will need:

Long beans - washed and cut/broken by hand into long pieces - 250 gms (see pic below)
Onions - chopped - 2 medium sized OR 1 cup
Ginger - peeled and pounded - 1 large OR 2 tbsp
Green chilly - 1
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera/ Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Curry leaves - 1 strand (optional)
Oil - 2 tsp
Salt - to taste


  • Boil the cut beans in 1 cup of water with salt, turmeric, and red chilly powder in a pan, and keep aside
  • Grind more than half of the chopped onions, ginger, and green chilly to a coarse paste
  • In another pan, heat the oil, temper with mustard seeds and curry leaves (optional), and add the remaining chopped onions
  • Fry the onions until light brown, and add the onion-ginger paste
  • Add the jeera, coriander powders and stir well
  • Mix the boiled beans into this paste and cook on low flame for 3-5minutes until semi-dry

Serve with rice/ chapathi

This dish goes to Sunshinemom's Food In Colours: Green event for this month.

Note: If you do not wish the dish to be spicy, please avoid the use of red chilly powder while boiling the vegetable. The onion paste and use of onions in the dish renders it to be only mildly hot.


Nags said...

i make it exact same way but minus ginger. hmm.. maybe shud try it next time :)

Sireesha said...

Curry looks Gr8 ...i make it exact same way but with less ginger

DEESHA said...

i too love this subji .. looks yum .. my mom also makes it in a similar way

Usha said...

Sounds delicious...this will be great with roti's :)

SweetBites said...

hi, just visited ur nice blog. ur long beans subji is the perfect accompainment for rice, sambar & pickles. yum...

Purva Desai said...

this looks really inviting.....even i prepared it in a same way.....

meeso said...

These beans look delicious! Really simple too, as I always have these things on hand.

Divya Vikram said...

I make it with gratd coconut too..Lovely green dish

Laavanya said...

I love the thoran made with this.. this curry looks equally delicious.

Uma said...

ooh, the curry looks delicious Shreya!

Added you to my blogroll!

Adam said...

I absolutely love green beans. These sound delicious with the ginger and tumeric :)

Sorry to hear that cops are the same India, I guess it's just a small world :)

Vaishali said...

This subzi really made my mouth water, Shreya. I don't usually see these beans at my local Indian grocery store. I am guessing one could substitute with regular green beans?

Mallugirl said...

love yard long beans in any form.:)this subji and roti..yum.


Juicy looking beans subji!!You have a cool blog:)

sunshinemom said...

Shreya, I have had this at MIL's place several times, and it is very tasty! Thank you for sending it to FIC:)

Dershana said...

I love kaya-payar combo too. generally make mezhukkuvaratti with the two.

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

tried the yardlong beans sabzi..loved it with rice..

Suma Assam. said...

Thanks for giving advice to prepare. Nice and very tasty.