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Curried Green Beans


This is a sweet and spicy side dish, made in true Cape Malay style!

  • Yields: 1 large jar |
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  • Prep Time : 20 mins |
  • Cook Time : 10 mins
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1 kg green beans
2 large onions
¼ C (60 ml) brown sugar
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
2 Tbsp (30 ml) strong curry powder
2 tsp (10 ml) turmeric
2 Tbsp (30 ml) corn flour
a pinch of cumin powder
2 ¾ C (690 ml) white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
5 curry leaves
3 – 4 dried chillies
½ C (125 ml) chutney
optional: star anise

Wash and cut the green beans into pieces. Slice the onions into rings.

Place a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the beans and onions and fill with just enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.

Combine the sugar, salt, curry powder, turmeric, cornstarch, and cumin in a separate bowl. Gently add in the vinegar and stir until smooth.

Add this mixture to the beans and onions. Stirring occasionally, cook for a further 5 minutes, and then add the curry leaves, dried chillies and chutney.

Pour into a large sterilised jar. Will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.