Spicy Green Beans Stir-Fry (Bonchi Thel Dala)

Spicy Green Beans Stir-Fry (Bonchi Thel Dala)

This authentic spicy green bean stir fry will transport your taste buds straight to Sri Lanka. It’s the perfect dish for a light flavourful lunch. 

  • Trim the ends of a handful of green beans then cut them in half. 

  • Place a pan over medium heat with a drizzle of oil, when hot add 1 large sliced onion and cook for 3 mins until the onion starts to turn soft and translucent. 

  • Add a couple of curry leaves, 2 cloves of sliced garlic, 2 sliced chillies, ½ a teaspoon of turmeric, salt and cook for 2 minutes until fragrant. 

  • Add the beans to the pan and combine all ingredients together over medium heat for 5 minutes.

  • Pour in ½ cup of water and simmer for further 5 minutes until the water completely evaporates.

  • Add ½ a teaspoon of curry powder, 1 a teaspoon of chilli flakes and reduce the heat to a low temperature and cook for another 5 minutes until all ingredients are combined well. Season to taste. 

  • Serve warm and garnish with some fresh coriander.



Serve with a dollop of yoghurt (plant-based yoghurt works too) and a big spoonful of mango atchar or your favourite chutney.