Updated: Dec 11, 2019
South Indian beans with shredded coconut.
Beans thoran is a healthy duet of fresh green beans (French beans) and coconut. Despite its 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 at home.
Green/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 (Look for the skinned version of this lentil, which is beige in colour. Not to be confused with Yellow Mung which is similar in shape)
Salt: To taste
Oil: 1 tbsp
Add the oil to a wok. When hot, add the mustard seeds and let them sputter.
Add the curry leaves and green chilies.
Add the urad dal, stirring till the urad dal starts to turn 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.