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By: Chef Laura Bonicelli

Green Beans and Coconut is a spicy, sweet side dish that always gets compliments, second helpings, and multiple recipe requests.

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about Green Beans and Coconut

One of my favorite things about catering was the opportunity to theme menus and introduce unusual dishes. It gave me the chance to dig deep into research and play with spices and unfamiliar ingredients. Indian food required an initial investment in spices and several trips to some very aromatic grocery stores. I loved it! Green Beans and Coconut uses black mustard seeds and ground coriander in its base. Ground coriander I had on hand, but the mustard seeds required a special trip.

putting Green Beans and Coconut together


Anaheim peppers are relatively low on the Scoville scale, but they lend a little background peppery heat to the Green Beans and Coconut. They have a distinctive flavor and sweetness; another kind of pepper would change the dish significantly.

You can, however, get by with is substituting yellow or brown mustard seeds for black mustard seeds. Also, if you want to cut down on the sweetness, you could use unsweetened coconut. Although, the sweetness of the coconut part of what makes the Green Beans and Coconut so good. Sometimes, I split the beans in half lengthwise before we stir-fry them. It looks beautiful, and they cook faster, but that process is tedious and takes time.

As with all vegetables, if you cover them while they are hot, the steam will continue to cook them. The beans are at their best when they are still crisp-tender and bright green; don’t cover them. I think Green Beans and Coconut are as good at room temperature as they are hot.

Eat well and have fun!

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Green Beans and Coconut

Green Beans and Coconut

© Chef Laura Bonicelli
Green Beans and Coconut is a spicy, sweet side dish that always gets compliments, second helpings, and multiple recipe requests.
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Sides
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 264 kcal


  • 2/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 fresh Anaheim green chilis -- stemmed seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt


  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch each ground coriander, chili powder, turmeric


  • 1 pound green beans


  • Combine the coconut, cilantro, chilis, and salt. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil until hot, but not smoking. Add the mustard seeds. Cook, stirring constantly, until they begin to pop.
  • Stir in the coriander, chili powder, and turmeric. Cook for 15 seconds.
  • Reduce the heat and add in the beans and the coconut mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, until the beans cook, but are still a bright green and crisp--about 3-4 minutes.

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Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 3gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 687mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 850IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Anaheim Chilis, coriander, mustard seeds
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