Simple Beans Thoran

Beans thoran is an easy, simple, and healthy vegetable. It goes well with sambar or such kozhambu varieties.

I made this one with French beans. You can also make similar thoran (or poriyal) varieties with long beans (payaru) or cluster beans.



French beans: 1 lb (about 450 gms)

Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon

Mustard seeds: ½ teaspoon

Black gram split (Udad dal) ½ teaspoon

Dried red chilly: 1

Asafoetida (hing) powder: a pinch

Oil: ½ teaspoon

Salt to taste

Grated coconut: 1 teaspoon (optional)



  1. Remove the ends and any strings on the sides of the beans.
  2. Wash them thoroughly and chop finely into pieces. You can also chop it in long pieces. I used the French-cut ones – these are cut like juliennes slicing the beans in half through the diameter and then into long pieces – just for a different appearance.
  3. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pan and add the mustard seeds and udad dal. Fry till the mustard seeds pop and the dal begins to brown.
  4. Add the dry red chilly and asafoetida powder. Sauté for a few seconds.
  5. Drop in the chopped beans and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  6. Cook on low heat while stirring every 3-4 minutes. The beans will cook in their own moisture. You may sprinkle about a tablespoon of water as required – if the beans stick to the pan at any stage.
  7. Cook covered till the beans are cooked well but not a mushy mass.
  8. Add salt to taste and mix well.
  9. Turn off the heat and the thoran is ready. You can add the grated coconut at this stage and mix well. Cover and rest for about a minute or two so the coconut and beans flavors set in. I skipped the coconut
  10. Serve and enjoy with sambar-rice or even rotis.

6 Responses to “Simple Beans Thoran”

  1. its looking too good!

    From skribles: Thanks Srilekha

  2. Simple bhajis are the best with rice & sambar or rasam. Love the cut of the beans, Skribles. Glams it up, I think 🙂

    From skribles: Thanks Vani – yep, simple bhajis are good with sambar/rasam …

  3. we make a similar palya too…. real comfort food, isn’t it? 🙂

    From skribles: Thanks Ramya – ya sure it is comfort food …

  4. Looks gud…simple and easy..nice recipe

    From skribles: Thanks Priti

  5. hi ..
    Very good blog with nice recipes..i am adding u in my blog roll..hope u don`t mind

    From skribles: Thanks Veena – Most surely, you can surely add my blog to your blog roll – I would be happy 🙂 … Could you pass on your blog name as well so I can visit too.

  6. yes sure ..its
    expecting ur comments and suggestions

    From skribles: Thanks. Will visit soon.

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