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Falia di Sabjee

Spiced Runner Beans

  • Heat Medium
  • Serves 4
  • Prep 10 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

Lightly spiced dry fried runner beans.

Hari says

I always forget how lovely this dish is – possibly because it's basically only runner beans which doesn’t sound too thrilling. But Indian cooking is very much about working with the seasons and runner beans are just so tender and wonderful to eat in the summer it makes perfect sense to create something lovely with them. This recipe is really simple and just requires very subtle spicing. Good for you, too.

  • Ingredients
  • Method
  • 500g runner beans, sliced
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped


  1. Heat oil in a karahi, wok or pan and add mustard seeds. As they begin to pop add cumin seeds.
  2. When sizzling and fragrant reduce the heat and gently add the beans to the pan and stir.
  3. Turn the heat down and add turmeric, salt, and chilli - fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add approximately 50ml of water cover and leave to cook for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  5. If any liquid remains increase the heat and fry off.
  6. Adjust seasoning if required. Sprinkle with garam masala and serve.

Nutritional information

Typical values* per Serving
Fat (g)4
of which saturates (g)1
Carbohydrates (g)6
of which sugars (g)4
Fibre (g)3
Protein (g)2
Salt (mg)572
*Based upon calculated values, supplied by myfitnesspal.com. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated.

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Comments (8)

  • Sarah


    21 August 2018 at 17:08 |
    Have just found your receipe for spiced runner beans, it looks yummy, does it freeze after cooking?


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      23 August 2018 at 08:17 |
      Hi Sarah It does but I have to say runner beans are best fresh. They lose a bit of their texture once cooked and frozen but are still ok. Let me know how you get on and please do post a picture of your dish in the app. We would love to see it. Thanks hari


  • Sarah James

    Sarah James

    27 August 2017 at 15:39 |
    You have saved me from boredom with my bumper harvest! Delicious.


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      29 August 2017 at 14:00 |
      Hi Sarah I love this dish and have cooked it loads this summer too. It's just so good when you can pick the beans from the garden and cook them straight away. Lovely to hear that you enjoyed the dish as well. Thanks so much for sharing Hari


  • Tanya Jackson

    Tanya Jackson

    28 July 2017 at 15:56 |
    Dear Hari,
    Can you clarify regarding mustard oil? All of the ones I look at say "external use only", even those sold by Asian grocers!!!!
    There is some chatter on the net about it being poisonous... Is there a substitute, maybe?
    Best wishes



  • Victoria Byrne

    Victoria Byrne

    11 May 2017 at 20:28 |
    First time since I had runner beans as a child - fascinating recipe; fragrant and tasty. Thanks for sharing it!


    • Hari Ghotra

      Hari Ghotra

      15 May 2017 at 16:30 |
      Hi Victoria Thanks for your comments - this is a favourite of mine too. Glad it has got you back into eating runner beans! Thanks for using the website Hari


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