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Updated on April 5, 2015

Long Beans recipe

Long beans curry, as the name suggests, makes use of long beans, which is a fairly popular vegetable, known by various names - yard long beans, black-eyed pea beans, string beans or cow pea beans.This simple recipe can be adapted without any change for green beans, bush beans and even cluster beans.

Long beans is usually a foot long and is mostly seen in the countries of South and Southeast Asia. It is a healthy vegetable, low in calories and rich in fiber and packed with vitamins C and A, and other micro nutrients.

This is a fairly traditional South Indian recipe but there are variants. The method below incorporates changes that I have picked up over a period of time from friends and relatives.The recipe is essentially vegetable steamed with fresh grated coconut and light spices and it is easy to prepare once you have the ingredients.

All photos in this hub are by the author (Photo credit : Aster56)

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 30

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Green long beans 250 gms
  • Green chillies 6 to 8
  • Garlic pods 5 to 6
  • Curry leaves 2 sprigs
  • Cumin seeds 1tsp
  • Turmeric ½ tsp
  • Mustard seeds ½ tsp
  • Fresh grated coconut ½ cup
  • Coconut Oil 2tblsp( or any oil of your choice.)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water ¾ cup

Instructions

  1. Wash and cut the beans very fine.
  2. Take ½ cup grated coconut and keep aside to be ground with the other ingredients.
  3. Grind the green chilies, curry leaves, garlic and cumin seed into a fine paste. Add the grated coconut to the ground paste and run the grinder just once. We don't want the coconut ground fine - just get it mixed with the ground paste.
  4. Take a pan and heat it. Pour the oil on the pan and add mustard seeds. When it begins to crackle add turmeric power and immediately add the cut beans and mix well. Now add the ground masala(paste) into the pan. Mix well and add salt. Cover and cook the beans on low flame.
  5. After 5 minutes add ¾ cup water and mix well. Cover and let the beans cook till dry. Keep stirring the beans so that the masala mixes well and gets into the beans. Remove from the stove
  6. Long beans curry is ready to be served. This dish goes well with rice.
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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your long beans curry looks so fresh and healthy....dropping by for another peek

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: Thank you for visiting and commenting on my lens.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @IbnAdams: Thank you.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Interesting. I never knew what was meant by long beans. I always thought they would be prepared as is -- long, not chopped up. I learned something today and they look good.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Aster56: You are so welcome, thank you!

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      IbnAdams 5 years ago

      anuva great recipe if ure on 4hb slow carb

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      This sounds so good!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you Tipi for you comment and blessing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my, you just made me hungry for beans. This looks so yummy. :)

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      fascina 5 years ago

      I've never heard of long beans, but It sounds delicious

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you Kim.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 5 years ago from Michigan

      All your recipe lenses are topnotch. Great photo presentation!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I've never heard of long beans, but they look similar to the "Secret Beans" we order from one of our favorite Thai restaurants. Another beautiful lens.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @Swisstoons: Thank you so much for your comments on my lens and about the photos .

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      SquidooFlowers 5 years ago

      Looks very lovely

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      original recipe to die for. blessings!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i planted long beans in my garden but unfortunately it was too early and plants did not survive the frosty mornings in mid may this year. thank you for visiting my lenses.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. It sounds delicious.

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      These beans sound delicious! Thanks for the clear instructions and the great photos.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @norma-holt: Thank you for blessing my lens and for the comment.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Looks great. I love the photo of the spices and chilies.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @TransplantedSoul: Thank you for your comment.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Nice lens and good information. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-1. Hugs

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: Angels blessing my lens, it feels good thank you. Thanks again for your comment and squid like.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      popular indian dish with a variation. thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

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      Aster56 5 years ago

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love long beans... like the variation that you suggest! Gotta try this soon...

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      ryanew 5 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: it doesn't matter for me anyway since i like beans because it has a lot of vitamins!

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      ryanew 5 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: it doesn't matter for me anyway since i like beans because it has a lot of vitamins!

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      ryanew 5 years ago

      It doesn't matter to me because i like beans and it has a lot of vitamins, so that what I like about your recipe. Thanks!!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      I'd never heard of long beans but wonder if they are similar or different than green beans.