French Beans Tossed with Peanut and Coconut

Photography Credit – Asha Shreedharan


  • 1 cup french beans, chopped fine
  • 2 tbsp urad dal
  • 4 tbsp peanuts, in small pieces
  • 4 tbsp grated coconut
  • salt
  • turmeric
  • mustard seeds
  • ginger chili paste


Place a thick cast iron pan/kadhai or steel kadhai on a low flame. Add urad dal, after a minute add mustard seeds, stirring all the while. When they pop, add asafoetida, and then immediately the beans. Stir. Add a little water to prevent sticking and cook until the beans are cooked. You can add a little water again if it evaporates. When the beans are cooked, the water should have evaporated. Do not fully cover the beans or they will lose their green color. Once they are ready add salt, turmeric, ginger chili paste, crushed peanuts, grated coconut and cook further till everything is well mixed. Serve hot with chapattis or rice.


The peanuts and coconut replace the oil and add flavour. You can use any one of them or sesame seeds instead of one or both. Spices can be used as per taste. A similar dish can be made with other vegetables like green peas, field beans, cabbage etc

Serves 2