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Indian-style Dry-Fried Green Beans

By April 22, 2019Recipes
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Green beans are a vegetable that I enjoy dressing up. My favorite way to prepare green beans is to crisp them up in a cast iron skillet with some simple Indian flavors. Just follow this recipe for my Indian-style dry-fried green beans and you’ll see. I assure you that once you try this method, you will not go back.

Pro-tip: this recipe can be made using either fresh or frozen green beans. I use frozen!

Indian-style Dry Fried Green Beans

The dry-fried green beans recipe can be made dairy-free by substituting the clarified butter (ghee) with avocado oil. Additionally, while the mustard seeds, turmeric powder, and cumin powder are available in most general grocery stores, curry leaves are found at Asian or Indian grocery stores. If unavailable, the curry leaves can be omitted from this recipe.

Indian-style Dry Fried Green BeansIndian-style Dry Fried Green Beans

These flavorful dry-fried green beans can be served as a side dish, along with a protein of choice, for a complete meal.

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Indian-style Dry Fried Green Beans

These flavorful green beans can be served as a side dish, along with a protein of choice, for a complete meal.

Category Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tulika Venugopal


  • 12 ounces chopped green beans I use frozen; fresh also works great
  • 1 tablespoon clarified butter or substitute avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 8-10 curry leaves optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Heat a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Place 1 tablespoon of clarified butter into the skillet and once it melts, add the mustard seeds.

  2. When the seeds begin to pop, add the curry leaves. Give it a quick stir with a spoon or spatula, and then add the green beans before stirring everything together again.

  3. For frozen green beans: allow 2-3 minutes for the beans to thaw in the pan prior to moving onto the next step.
  4. Add the turmeric powder, cumin, salt, and pepper and stir to combine.

  5. Turn the heat down to medium-low. Cook the beans for 7 more minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning or sticking.

  6. Remove from heat and serve warm.

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Tulika Venugopal
Tulika Venugopal is a food and fitness enthusiast. She is a biomedical engineer by day, and she is also a certified yoga and fitness instructor who shares her passion for health and fitness in her spare time.

Tulika has always enjoyed cooking healthy meals to complement her active lifestyle, and she especially loves creating recipes that are accessible for anyone to follow. She has been a vegetarian for her entire life and was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2014, which inspired her to become even more creative with her meals.

Tulika lives with her husband and puppy in Seattle, Washington. She chronicles her gluten-free and vegetarian recipe creations, her Seattle food adventures, and her curious love of arm balances and handstands on her Instagram account.

She writes about various food and wellness topics in her blog, Karma Eats, and has been featured in a podcast in the Glutenfree Globalicious Magazine.