Beans Palya or stir fry


Palya means ‘vegetables sautéed with spices’ in Kannada, which is usually served as a side dish. Beans palya is a simple, quick dish where green beans are sauted with spices and finished off with coconut and lemon juice. This healthy dish is ready in less than 20 minutes and goes very well with roti, chapathi, rice and even tastes great just by itself. This is one of my favourite side dishes, I make it very often. Perfect combination with rice and saaru (rasam).

Try this simple healthy stir fry to complete your weekday meal. Or skip your regular salad and give this dish a go. I am sure you will love it!




Beans – 250 grams
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Split black gram (urad dal) – 1 tsp
Split Bengal gram (chana dal) – 1 tsp
Asafoetida or hing – a small pinch
Curry leaves – 4-5
Dry red chill – 1
Green chilli – 1-2 or as per taste, chopped
Salt to taste
Fresh coconut – 2-3 tbsp, grated
Lemon juice – 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves for garnish


  1. Wash and string the beans. Chop them into small pieces
  2. Heat oil in a fry pan or kadhai. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter
  3. Add cumin seeds, urad dal, chana dal, hing, dry red chilli, curry leaves and green chilli. Saute for a few seconds
  4. Add the chopped beans and salt. Add 3-4 tbsp water, cover and cook on a low flame until the beans are almost done, but still have some crunch
  5. Turn off the flame, add coconut, lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well
  6. Serve hot with rice or roti


  • You may use frozen beans if fresh beans is not available. Reduce the cooking time accordingly
  • You may add a chopped carrot for extra taste