November 14, 2010

String Beans Stir fry / Lathande Upkari

Lathande Upkari / String Beans Stir Fry or commonly called in Hindi as Chauli/Chowli/Chowlee a very well known dish in Dakshin Kanara. 

Ingredients :

Lathande / String beans – 250 Gms.
Mustard Seed – 1 tsp.
Zeera – 1 tsp.
Curry leaves – few
Green chilli – 1
Oil – 2 Tbsp.
Urad Dal – 1 Tbsp.
Scraped coconut – 2 Tbsp.
Salt to taste
Coriander for garnishing


Cut the String beans into small pieces as shown in the picture and wash it under running water.

Take a heavy bottom pan, add oil, when oil heats up add mustard seed, zeera and let mustard seed splutter, add curry leaves, urad dal, green chilli and fry till urad dal changes colour i.e. light golden brown.  Add beans and salt and mix well cover and let it cook for 5 minutes (gas should be kept of low flame). Open the pan and add scrapped coconut, again cover and cook for 1 minute. Finally put off the gas and garnish with chopped coriander.

Things to be taken care:

Water is not added, if added it changes the taste and colour i.e. why Lathande Upkari is cooked in low flame so it cooks itself on steam.


Onion and tomato’s are optional one of each can be added i.e. onion after tempering and fry till its transparent and fine pieces of tomato can be added while adding coconut.


  1. Perfect and tempting Keep rocking

  2. I like such palya for bele saaru. Coconut cladded palya looks great.