I've become a fan of curry recipes lately, since discovering how easy they are to make. After having a wonderful green bean and potato curry in a restaurant recently, I was excited to try out making it on my own.
This recipe is inspired by one found in the cookbook "Vij's At Home, Relax Honey" by Vikram Vij.  It is a healthy and simple meal to make, and the beans, potatoes and spinach offer a nice diversity of texture. I used a vine-ripened heirloom tomato chopped up, instead of the pureed tomatoes, and the summery flavor added a little something special. Even if you've never tried this kind of recipe before, this is one you'll definitely want to test out.

Prep time: 10 minutes 

Cook time: 30 minutes 

Total time: 40 minutes 

Yield: 4-6 servings

Green Beans, Potatoes and Spinach in Coconut Curry


  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 2 1/2 cups pureed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground black mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon crushed cayenne pepper (this amount will make it quite spicy, so cut back if you don't want your curry so hot)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pound potatoes, unpeeled, and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 pound fresh spinach, washed and chopped
Cooking Directions
  1. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, combine the oil and tomatoes and cook for about one minute.
  2. Stir in the salt, turmeric, mustard seeds and cayenne, then cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the water and potatoes and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add in the green beans, cover and cook 5-8 minutes more, or until potatoes are tender.
  5. Stir in the coconut milk and increase heat to medium. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the spinach and stir, allowing the spinach to wilt, about 15-30 seconds. Once the spinach is wilted, it is ready. Serve and enjoy!

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