Green beans in coconut base (Beans koddel)

Those who know about Koddel(a Konkani dish with coconut base), may say this does not look like or taste like koddel. When I read this recipe in “Udupi special” in a Kannada weekly, I felt like trying it. I have not seen or tasted any koddels before. They are more popular in South Kanara, and we don’t have this dish in North Kanara(from where I come).

Usually koddels have a thick gravy consistency, they are served as side dishes and they have a different masala for the base with garlic seasoning. In the article from where I picked up this recipe, it is mentioned as Udupi Kannada speaking brahmin’s recipe.

Whether it is koddel or not, it was amazingly delicious. Since this dish is bit sweetish, I served it with Gujrathi daal. I used less coconut than mentioned and made it a dry dish.

1 cup chopped green beans
3/4 cup fresh/frozen coconut
4-5 red chilies
1 tea spn coriander seeds
3/4 tea spn cumin seeds
1 tbl spn jaggery
1/4 tea spn tamarind extract (or 1-2 pieces of tamarind)
A pinch turmeric
1/2 tea spn mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves

Grind together coconut, red chilies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, jaggery and salt. (Do not fry any of the ingredients like we do for other dishes).
Cook green beans in enough water. When they are cooked, add the ground paste, tamarind and mix well.
Heat a little oil and add mustard seeds. When they start popping, add curry leaves, fry for a min and add this seasoning to the dish.
Serve hot as a side dish with rice.

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 20mins

9 thoughts on “Green beans in coconut base (Beans koddel)”

  1. Hi Shilpa,
    I make a Puli Koddel and I always thought it was a Kerala dish all this time,honestly!:D I love Koddel taste,I will try your’s and see it’s the same.Thank you for this.Hope you studies going well.

  2. Hi Shilpa,
    Your recipe here is very new to me..may be its the original koddel.
    I guess even in SK konkani, theres no proper definition for koddel. I have seen my MIL, Mom and few other relatives making kulith gashi or magge gashi with garlic seasoning like any other gashi, but only in these 2 cases they call it Koddel!

  3. Shilpa… I am surely going to try tomm as i have huge stock of fresh beans. I guess konkanis in general , be it from Goa, SK, NK or any other place have created all the confusion with respect to names of randayis. Thanks for a different koddel.

  4. Shilpa,

    we make a dry curry (?) like this without the cumin seeds with veggies like small brinjals, okra, tindora. We call it ‘Sagle’. I have never tried it with green beans , though. Green beans is a ‘Sukke’ staple in my household. I like this new dish. will definitely try it.

  5. Hi Shilpa,

    My mother-in-law makes this often at home and after becoming part of true Konkani family I can aasure you from the way your dish looks and your ingredient list /prep method – it in indeed Beans Koddel 🙂


  6. hi,..ur blog certainly looks yummly interesting!!! i havent tried any,,but i’m going to!!!Will post a comment how it turns out , after the tasters in my house comment 🙂

  7. In this recipe when should one add the tamarind paste?
    I love your blog and have been using it for many a yummy meal !I am newly married and just shifted from Delhi to the US.I really like the fact that u write so simply and the food is just like ghar ka khana.

    Thank you.


    Shilpa: Thanks Rajika for the kind words. Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I have updated the post.

  8. Poornima Prabhu

    tried this out y day……wanted to make something easy & fast…..loved it(as always)………Thanx,Shilpa.

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