Greenbeans and pea curry


Cleaning and cutting greenbeans is the first memory I actually have of my gran.

I remember growing up, she would sit at the table and cut the greenbeans, when I was big enough to handle a knife, she taught me. When ever there was greenbeans to be cut up, she and my mum would pass it on to me.

Now a days you can buy the ready cut greenbeans, but it just isn’t the same.

I find the whole cutting it up, washing and separating it into freezer bags ready for when I would need to use them.

I always thought making greenbeans was like making any other curry, but then I was watching my dad make it for the July prayers and I was asking a million questions while he was cooking why this and why that, when I found out that you actually cook green beans in a little water, less water than you would use in a curry.


  • 1 x onion, finely chopped.
  • Cut up greenbeans.
  • 1 x tsp red chilli powder.
  • ¼ x tsp turmeric powder.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 x tomatoe, grated.
  • A few curry leaves.
  • ½ x cup frozen peas.


  • Heat some oil in a pot over a medium heat.
  • Add the curry leaves, onions and saute till transparent.
  • Add the salt, spices and grated tomatoe.
  • Stir and allow to simmer on a low heat.
  • Add a little water and allow the chutney to cook.
  • Add the cut up greenbeans and a little more water.
  • Cover and cook till the green beans are soft, you might need to add a little more water to prevent the food from sticking.
  • Add the frozen peas, cover again and remove from the heat.
  • Before serving, give the curry a good mix so that the peas are evening mixed.

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