Green beans with mustard, curry leaf and coconut

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Appears in
The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook: 300 Classic Recipes from the Great Regions of India

By Mridula Baljekar

Published 2017

  • About

In Kerala, thoren is a very popular side dish, and it simply means stir-fried finely chopped or shredded vegetables cooked in a spice-perfumed oil. The fresh colours of the vegetables in this version, Payaru Thoren, are preserved along with all their nutrients, because of the quick-cooking method.


  • 450 g/1lb whole green beans, fresh or frozen
  • 30


  1. Trim the beans, then blanch them in a large pan of lightly salted boiling water for 2 minutes.

  2. Drain the beans, then plunge them immediately into cold water to prevent further cooking. If you are using frozen beans, it is not necessary to blanch them.