Achingya Thoren (Kerala Style Green Bean Curry)

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Member 610488

This recipe is from Kerala region of India. A thoren is a dry curry made from chopped vegetables, coconut, mustard seed and curry leaves.

Top Review by Mia in Germany

One of the best green bean dishes I ever had! I used some more curry leaves (about 20 I think) because I wanted to use them up, and I like their flavor very much. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for posting! Made for India - More Than Just Curries Tag Game.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Finely chop 5 of the curry leaves (1 bay leaf not chopped), and put in a medium bowl. Add coconut, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, and garlic, and mix well.
  2. Add enough water (about 7 tbsp) to make coconut mixture moist enough to just hold together when pinched between thumb and forefinger, then set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and rice, and fry until mustard seeds pop, about 2 minutes. Add chiles, fry for a few seconds, and carefully add remaining 10 curry leaves (3 bay leaves). Be careful - leaves will spatter when they hit the hot oil.
  4. When leaves have crackled but are still green, about 30 seconds, add green beans, salt, and 2 tbsp water, and stir to mix well. Cook, stirring often, until beans begin to soften yet are still slightly crunchy, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in reserved coconut mixture, and cook, stirring often, until beans are tender, about 5 minutes more. Add salt to taste.
  6. Do not eat curry or bay leaves - remove as you find them.

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