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5 from 8 votes

Beans Palya (Stir Fry)

Beans Palya is a classic south Indian recipe usually made with one or two vegetables and tempered with spices and grated coconuts.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free, Peanut free, Soy free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4
Calories: 55kcal



For tempering


  • To begin with, wash and string the beans before chopping them into small pieces.
  • Place a pan over medium heat and add chopped beans with ¼ cup of water. Cover with a lid.
  • While the beans cook, blend the grated coconuts with cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and red chilies with a tablespoon of water. This forms the masala for beans palya. Place it aside.
  • Once the beans are half cooked, add salt and jaggery and stir well.
  • Keep stirring often, to cook them evenly. Once the beans are cooked (soft), add the coconut masala.
  • Mix well and cook for another minute. Beans playa is ready!
  • Tempering: Place a small tempering pan over the heat and add oil. When oil is hot add mustard seeds, urad dal, and one red chili. When it starts to splutter, add curry leaves and asafoetida and mix well. Switch off the heat. Add this tempering to the beans palya and mix once again.



  • Use the less spicy version of red chilies like byadagi chilies for this recipe.
  • You can also add chopped carrots or beets to cook along with the beans.
  • While blending the grated coconut, use little to no water if possible. Otherwise, your palya will turn to a curry recipe :-)
  • Store this palya in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are relying on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 432IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg