Green Bean Curry


I ate this green bean curry with rice or coconut roti almost every evening in Sri Lanka, and I could not get enough of it! Using fresh ingredients is of the utmost importance. Some ingredients may be difficult to find, but they are essential. This goes very well with rice as a vegetarian entrée or alone as a side dish.

close up view of Green Bean Curry in a white bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 5 fresh curry leaves

  • 1 serrano peppers, thinly sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon curry powder

  • ½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • salt to taste

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed

  • ½ cup coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice


  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, curry leaves, serrano peppers, and garlic in hot oil until onion is golden brown. Stir in curry powder, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, and salt; cook for 3 minutes more.

  2. Stir in green beans until evenly coated. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until beans are tender-crisp. Pour in coconut milk and simmer for at least 5 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

105 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 105
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 18mg 89%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 288mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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