Indian-style Dry Fried Green Beans

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.