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Poriyal: South Indian Coconut Stir Fry

Poriyal (or Thoran) is a South Indian coconut stir fry with green beans or other veggies (very versatile!). It's a fresh, DELICIOUS Indian side dish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


  • 4 tbsp peanut or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp husked split urad dal (aka husked, split mungo beans/black lentils/black gram), OR substitute finely chopped peanuts
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 5 curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chili pepper or 1/4 tsp crushed red chili pepper
  • 1 lb green beans trimmed and chopped crosswise into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  When shimmering hot, add urad dal, mustard seeds, curry leaves and chile pepper.  Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and dal turns a shade darker, about a minute.
  • Add green beans and salt; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.  Stir in coconut.