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close up shot of a bowl full of authentic konkani style beans upkari.

Beans Upkari (Konkani Style Green Beans Sabzi)

Beans Upkari is a Konkani style green beans sabzi / stir fry, that is quick & easy to make, requiring only a handful of ingredients & about 30 minutes!
Course Beginner Recipes, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Konkani
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 481kcal


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai)
  • 15 curry leaves (cadipatta)
  • 1 green chilli (chopped)
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida powder (hing)
  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water or as required
  • cup grated coconut


Prepping the green beans

  • Take 1 pound of green beans, properly wash & rinse it, and strain off the excess water.
  • Cut & discard the ends of the green beans, then chop the rest of the green beans into small pieces. Set aside.

Making beans upkari

  • In a pan, take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and lightly heat up.
  • To it, add 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds, and let it roast for a few seconds, till it starts to flutter and pop.
  • Then add about 15 curry leaves, let it roast for a few seconds, and add 1 chopped green chilli & ¼ teaspoon of hing (asafoetida) powder, give everthing a quick mix, and let it roast for another few seconds.
  • Now add 1 pound of chopped green beans, along with 1 teaspoon of salt, and about ½ cup of water (to generate steam to help cook the beans faster), and give everything a quick mix.
  • Cover & cook for about 20 minutes on medium flame, stirring intermittently, till the beans are cooked.
  • Here don't forget to check on the water levels, and stir intermittently, so that the beans get cooked without getting burnt. If required, add a splash of water in between to ensure they don't get burnt.
  • By the time the beans are cooked, all the water would have evaporated, and the color of the beans would have changed. But still, always test to see if the beans are cooked by eating a few. If they need more cooking, then add a splash of water, and cover and cook on a medium-low flame for an additional few minutes, as required. You don't need to add too much water, but adding a little water is important to ensure that the beans get steamed, and not burnt.
  • When done, garnish with cup fresh grated coconut, mix it in, and serve.
  • You can pair beans upkari with chapati, or serve it as a side with dal & rice.



Please note: The nutrition values are best estimates provided as a courtesy. The exact values can vary depending on the exact ingredients or brands used. If you rely on them for your specific diet and/or health issues, please consult a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2520mg | Potassium: 1137mg | Fiber: 19g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 3699IU | Vitamin C: 361mg | Calcium: 254mg | Iron: 6mg