Green Bean Curry බෝන්චි ව්‍යාන්ජනය


The recipe I am going to share with you today is a very special dish for me. There is a little story behind it. Many years ago, when my husband and I were dating, I had the chance few times to visit his place in Sri Lanka and have lunch there. I was staying in Sri Lanka for maximum two months as I was still doing my studies in Canada. I am trying to stay focused at my writing, but I just can’t stop thinking of the endless talks we had and I am laughing right now while my daughter keep looking at me with a wondering look on her face. Anyways, only during those lunches I experienced that my husband was a picky eater and he hated every single vegetable except for pumpkin. I was so surprised! Every time, there were at least 4 vegetable dishes or more with one non vegetarian dish on the dining table with a condiment. But he just ate his usual pumpkin curry and the chicken curry with rice. I used to ask him, baby, why don’t you just eat some vegetables and he was saying calmly that he simply hates vegetables. Such a brat! After we started living under one roof, I slowly started to cook vegetable curries more often and in the beginning, he had to eat without a choice as I cooked it.

This bean curry is the first vegetable curry I made that he loved and he actually asked for more. Believe it or not, it was a big achievement for me at that time. Even today, he brings beans home asking to make that same curry. Now that we are parents, we do our best to incorporate vegetables in every meal of our toddlers’ meals and yes, my husband is very happy to eat vegetables now.



  • 250 g of green beans- cut in to small pieces
  • ¼ of medium size onion-sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic-chopped
  • Few curry leaves
  • ½ tsp of Maldives fish
  • ½ cup of thick coconut milk
  • ½ tsp of Sri Lankan row curry powder
  • ¼ tsp of cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp of turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Cooking oil


On medium heat, stir fry curry leaves, sliced onions and chopped garlic for a minute. Once the onions turned in to a translucent color,   add the beans and stir fry with the onion mix. Then, add some salt and mix well. Now it’s the time for all the spices and Maldives fish. Add them and mix well. Pour the coconut milk in to the pan and let everything cook together for few minutes. Mix and turn off the heat. Serve with steamed rice.



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