Spicy Runner Beans

This is a simple, yet delicious way of eating runner beans. With the flavour the spices add, this is perfect with rotis and a glass of ice cold lassi. It is very healthy too!


  • A bowl of runner beans
  • 1 teaspoon carom seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • One chopped green chilli
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander and cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic and ginger paste
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  1. Trim and cut the runner beans into small pieces.
  2. Add to a saucepan of boiling water for around 5 minutes. 
  3. Remove from saucepan and let them dry on a kitchen towel.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat and add the mustard seeds, carom seeds and cumin seeds.
  5. Once they start to sizzle, add the garlic and ginger paste and the curry leaves.
  6. Stir this mixture thoroughly for around 3 minutes to let the garlic and ginger cook through.
  7. Add the runner beans and the various spices.
  8. Add half a cup of water and cover the pan with a lid.
  9. Let this cook for 15 minutes on slightly lower heat, giving it an occasional stir.
  10. Add more water if it dries out too quickly.
  11. Once the beans are softer the dish is ready.


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