Curried green bean salad
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Curried green beans can be served as a vegetable or salad.
Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 8-10
  • 1 pound green beans, shredded or sliced
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced (half-rings)
  • 1 large clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons mild curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with a little cold water
  1. Place the beans, onion, garlic and water in a heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Boil rapidly, uncovered, for 7-10 minutes until just cooked. Younger beans will cook more quickly.
  3. Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, curry powder and turmeric in a measuring cup, add to the beans and bring to the boil while stirring.
  4. Thicken by slowly adding the cornstarch. Simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.
  5. Transfer to a glass container. When cold, cover and refrigerate until needed.
As a garnish and extra spiciness, sprinkle with a little crushed red pepper. For a milder garnish, use a little diced bell pepper on top.
Frozen green beans can be used if fresh beans are not available.
Recipe by Cape Point Press at