Green Beans with Coconut Spice

beans thoran

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    as part of a rice-based meal
    • Difficulty


Appears in

By Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

Published 1998

  • About

This is a classic thoran, a regional specialty of Kerala in South India. What distinguishes a thoran is that it is a dry dish with a paste made with coconut (which is what Kerala grows like Wimbledon grows grass), cumin seed, and shallots or garlic. It is also necessary that the yard-long beans or green beans be cut into very small pieces.

Cooking time can vary a little bit depending on the tenderness of the beans. The final texture should be tender rather than crunchy