French Beans Upperi/ Stir Fry

Two quotes that influenced me over the week, sharing it with all of you…

“Inner peace comes from accepting everything in your life as a divine plan, being content with what you have and having a strong connection with your creator.” 
– Dr. Haleh Banani
“When someone shows you their heart, their past, their wounds, they have entrusted you with the deepest part of themselves. It is the part of themselves that makes them uniquely beautiful. To be trusted in this way is a great honor. Guard that trust with your life.”
Yasmin Mogahed


Today, I am sharing with you another favorite side dish of mine with rice. Or do I need rice to go with it? Absolutely no!!! I would be so happy to have it as a meal in itself. In fact, whenever french beans are cooked, umma makes sure she keeps majority of it for me as she knows how much I love to have it. My plate would be filled with 3/4 of this stir fry and the remaining would be rice and curry – that is how mad I am about it. I would easily rate it as my most favorite stir fry to go with rice, till something else comes by its way. But all these years it has stayed my favorite, so I guess it will continue to stay so… 🙂 Off to the way I make it, as taught by my umma…




French Beans Upperi/ Stir Fry

Course Side
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 350 gm french beans washed and chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • 4 tbsp coconut add more if you like!
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • Water as required
  • Salt to taste


  • In a kadai, heat coconut oil. Splutter mustard seeds and fry curry leaves for a couple of seconds.
  • Add the onion and saute till just soft.
  • Now add in the cut beans, chillies, coconut, turmeric powder and water just enough to cover the beans, not more. Add in the salt as required.
  • Keep the flame on high till the water boils and then continue to cook on medium-low flame till the beans is cooked and the water is all dried up.
  • Serve warm with rice and curry of your choice!!!


The quantity of water is very important. Pour water just till the level of beans, or even less than that! You can add hot water later if the beans is not fully cooked.
Cook without a lid, as the steam accumulates and add more water into the beans making it soggy.
If the beans get cooked and there is still water in the pan, separate the beans to the sides with the water in the center and cook on high till the water evaporates. It may cause the beans to get slightly overcooked but still would taste great!

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  1. this looks great.once one of my Kerala colleague shared her beans recipe and it is more similar to this.i tried it and was delicious

    1. Thank you so much Amila…

  2. Ahh, this is always a fav 🙂 Stir fried beans and fried fish with rice makes my heart sing 😉

    1. Thank you so much Priya… 🙂

  3. Today only i made french beans and was thinking of posting but was so hungry just went ahead and ate it 🙂 The upperi looks delicious..

    1. Thank you so much Pankthi… normally I don't have patience for specifically this stir fry, but somehow I held on!!! 🙂

  4. hey raffy beautiful quotes you have shared as u do before 😉 my dear// lovely mouthwatering stir fry just love it yummm

    1. Thank you so much Monu… 🙂

  5. always love it though have been eating it since childhood…

    1. Thank you so much Smitha…

  6. Ahah!! My fav too and I actually eat little rice and more of veggies. And the beans will definitely float in more.

    1. Thank you so much Nava…

  7. simple and healthy stir fry

    1. Thank you so much Veena…

  8. beans upperi with rice! yumm..

    1. Thank you so much Lisha…

  9. Healthy and tasty stir fry…Yumm !!

    1. Thank you so much Asha…

  10. very delicious beans stir fry …simple yet yummy

    1. Thank you so much Gloria…

  11. Easy to make healthy side dish. Love to eat with rice and rasam.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  12. u have got the stir fry perfectly done…the beans have not gone mushy and they still look crunchy…love it with rice

    1. Most of the time it turns mushy Anupa… thankfully for this shot, I got it perfect! Hehe… thanks a lot dear…

  13. Love this french beans stir fry with rice and moru curry……..Looks so delicious and yummy……….

    1. Oh, that's an awesome combination! Thanks a lot Remya…

  14. Any day ! All I need is some meen curry 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Rekha… 🙂

  15. yumm, simple yet delicious

    1. Thank you so much Nammi…

    1. Thank you so much Chitra…

  16. Upperiyum chorum parippu kariyum……enikku vishakkunnu

    1. Thank you so much Resna…

  17. simple yet tasty upperi, perfect with sambar and rice..

    1. Thank you so much Sona…

  18. my fav stir fry.. goes perfect with rice.. any time!.. looks yumm

    1. Thank you so much Sangee…

  19. Simple but yet my favourite stir fry.. Love simply with some rice.

    1. Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  20. Thats a very new method of making thes beans for me Rafeeda.. Such vast range we have in some land, amazing ! Isn't it ..

    1. Thank you so much Nupur…

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