Green Beans with Coriander

green beans

A very quick and simple week night side dish.

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Do you ever get tired of cooking the vegetables the same know way over and over again? I do quite often and mostly when during the evenings when time has to be juggled between cooking, homework, next day’s lunch and the approaching dinner and bed time. Then again, once you hit upon something you love it so well that you want it done again again. Hmmmm… back to the dilemma πŸ™‚ Do I like change or do I not? I will answer that some other time.

I know it does not look that attractive; but this does happens to be one of those well loved recipes which got cooked at the spur of the moment – wanting change, a quick one. But it got stuck in our home, easy for me loved by all. The predominant flavor here is the powdered coriander; the dish kind of gets an extra layer of texture from this spice too and believe me it is very very easy to make. No I ain’t lying here.

I have used the frozen Italian beans here. You may use any kind of fresh or frozen green beans for this recipe. The best are the fresh, crisp beans, where you just snap the ends off and use them long and whole.

Green Beans with Coriander


  1. 1 pound frozen or fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces (I used frozen Italian Beans here)
  2. 1 tablespoon oil
  3. 1 small onion, slice them or chop them
  4. 1 tomato grated
  5. 1 green hot chili pepper, slit (use more if you like more spicy)
  6. 1.5 tablespoons coriander powder ( use fresh ground for best flavors; take some coriander seeds and fine grind it in spice grinder or coffee grinder)


Heat oil in a pan. Add the onions and chile pepper and sautee till the onions Β are soft and tender.

Add the beans, grated tomatoes, coriander powder and salt to the pan. Stir and toss to combine. Lower the flame and cover and cook till the beans are tender. Increase the heat and cook till all the liquid evaporates.

Serve warm as a side dish.

green beans

We absolutely love this simple dish; not exciting, not gourmet, but an a quick, healthy, nice tasting side item.

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23 comments to Green Beans with Coriander

  • A nice healthy sidedish!



  • Cham

    I never used the Italian beans, when I battle with time I usually do the easy or shortcut version! Good and simple one !

  • most definitely a good thing to have a recipe like these for hurried meal times. The best thing is it can be a side dish for rice or rotis.

  • These green beans sound so delicious and spicy, excellent side dish!

  • I love the simple flavors in this dish! I face this situation very often as i easily get tired of eating the same type of curry again and again and hence i m often looking for a change πŸ˜€

  • Yum! What side would you pair with this? Even mashed sweet potatoes would be nice, I think. I’ve been really liking green beans these days!

  • Sounds so quick Soma! Amar beans bhalo lagena … tai only Chinese dishes ei use kori … or curry patta phoron ar fresh coconut diye banai. Ei recipe ta ektu jhal jhal besh lagbe mone hocche. πŸ™‚

  • Wow !! so quick and easy to make. I usually end up making it in boring ways like-with potatoes or sauteed lightly with hing, cumin. Your’s is a different style . Tomar moton baniye dekhbo ekbar….Tomar chicken Kohlapuri preparation ta o darun legeche….Will come here often….so that I don’t miss your yummy preparations.

  • I love simple dishes…and I often get bored of having same stuff again and again and I often look for a change:) This recipe looks simple and yumm:)

  • Love it, better than gourmet!! Photos are fab.

  • Simple and fantastic!I have been wanting to get Italian beans ever since I ate it in one of myh friends house but I never came across..

  • I like these kind of simple, light and delicious vegetarian dishes, they’re perfect for a light dinner or as a side dish. gorgeous photos!

  • SE

    perfect and simple..this is how i make beans too…sometimes I don’t add any masala though, just a little chili powder !!

  • Sometimes the quick and easy dishes are the best ones around Soma! I do think this looks very appetizing!

  • same here Soma. if am asked to do a veggie the same way everytime am bored. the beans dish looks awesome. I make it the south Indian way sometime and love that too.

  • I tweak a recipe every single time. Looks good. Never cooked frozen Italian beans just by themselves

  • Oh yes, who doesn’t get fed up fo cooking (and eating) the same thing again and again? I’ve been known to tweak this way on and off. πŸ™‚
    And sometimes the best tasting dishes don’t alwys look the best, but they are.

  • There are way too many things I get tired of cooking the same way over and over again. I’m always in search of new recipes. The beans look terrific. You offer so many great options.

  • NIce recipe,wud love to try it out! I dont know much recipes using beans,thanks for this one!

  • I know what you mean , here too it happens, it is like there is no other recipes. But i think we only make them again and again as we love to eat the same dish πŸ˜‰
    Delicous looking breans, we used to have this in our lunch box very often but then with a toally different beans.

  • Aruna

    Soma, Tried this today & absolutely loved it….I dont have many recipes with green beans & always lookout for them, ur picture tempted me enough to try it…It will be a regular in my home…Thx. BTW u have a great blog, recently discovered it….have many recipes to try…Firni is first on my list….Thx.

  • I have mde a protuguese version of the same which was equally hearty.Love this combo.

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