Sauteed Green Beans with Coconut (Indian Recipe)

Sauteed Green Beans with Coconut: green beans lightly sauteed with Indian spices and coconut.

Sauteed Green Beans with Coconut is a perfect side dish.

Sauteed-Green-Beans-with-Coconut-2 This ‘Sauteed Green Beans with Coconut’ is as easy as it gets and ready in 10 minutes.

I’m a huge fan of green vegetables and always in a look out for new recipes or different variations of the same.

This week farmers market were bustling with green leafy varieties along with beans (string beans, fava beans, white beans, you name it)

And we ended up buying lots of green beans as they go with almost any entree or cuisine….

just think about it, you can add them in French food/American/Asian/African….Right!


So, I decided to make a very popular side dish from the southwest part of India, where they cook beans with coconut.

Now it’s upto you to add dry shredded coconut like I’m doing(which is milder in taste and does’t overpower the taste) or fresh coconut. 

Sauteed Green Beans with Coconut

Although, I’m adding a little bit of green chili (deseeded) to enhance the taste further.

If you want to make it a whole Indian meal, serve it with dal, rice/roti or go along with some sauteed pasta or toasted bread.

This recipe is very versatile and can be used in many different ways.


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Sauteed Green Beans with Coconut

2 minPrep Time

8 minCook Time

10 minTotal Time

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1 lb Green Beans* - Thinly chopped

4 Tbsp Shredded Coconut - Unsweetened

1 Large Green Chili - Thinly chopped

1 Tsp Cumin

1 Tsp Garam Masala

Salt - As per taste

3 Tbsp Canola Oil


  1. In a nonstick pan, heat canola oil for 1/2 minute and the add cumin.
  2. Stir it for another 1/2 minute as it splatters and roast a little in oil (leaving a sweet aroma).
  3. Now, add chopped green beans and sauté lightly.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan and let the beans cook for 5 minutes (sauté every 2 minutes).
  5. After 5 minutes, remove the cover, add green chili, salt, garam masala, coconut and sauté everything evenly.
  6. Cook uncovered on medium heat for another 2minutes.
  7. Turn off the heat and transfer to a serving dish.
  8. Sprinkle some more coconut on top and Serve hot.



163 cal


14 g


9 g


2 g
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4 Replies to "Sauteed Green Beans with Coconut (Indian Recipe)"

  • Dini @ The Flavor Bender October 22, 2015 (4:06 pm)
    Molly you made me feel a little homesick! My grandmother used to make something similar to this for me when I was young and it was my favourite way to eat green beans! I'll have to make this soon :)
    • Molly Kumar October 26, 2015 (8:28 pm)
      Aweeee Dini, I'm so glad it reminded of home cooked dishes. Its one of my fav homestyle veggie too :)
  • Abida October 3, 2015 (6:32 pm)
    Hi Molly, I have never heard of adding coconut to vegetables like this, sounds wonderful. I have included your recipe in my weekly round up of my favourite blogger recipes over here:
    • Molly Kumar October 4, 2015 (1:02 am)
      Thanks so much Abida, I'm so honored to be included in 'The weekly Roundup'.

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