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A wonderful Cinnamon Green Bean Curry from Sri Lanka, a lush tropical country whose people are artisans at creating vegetarian meals that are healthy. Here is why this simple recipe is so good.

Ceylon Cinnamon - Powerful anti-oxidant, used to control blood sugar, help digestion and improve memory. High Manganese content that helps bone health and reduce joint inflammation.
Turmeric - Reduce the chance of cancer, detox your liver and aids in fat metabolism.
Black mustard seeds - Relieve stiffness and soreness and help digestion.
Fenugreek Seeds - Cholesterol reduction, blood sugar control in non insulin diabetics. Lessens the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations that are common symptoms of menopause and PMS.
Cumin - An excellent source of Iron to keep your immune system healthy.

Remember always buy fresh good quality spices for maximum effect.


1lb fresh green beans
10 curry leaves
1 medium onion chopped
2 green chilies sliced (Optional)
1 Ceylon Cinnamon stick
1 tsp of Fenugreek seeds
1 tsp. of Black Mustard seeds (Not yellow mustard seeds)
1 tsp. of Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp. of Turmeric powder
¼  tsp. Red chili powder (Optional)
1/2 tbs of Curry powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup (5.6 oz. can) of coconut milk (see notes).
Add the same amount of water if not using coconut milk.


  1. Heat 1 Tbs. Olive oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat.  Once heated, add the onions, green chilies (optional), curry leaves, Ceylon cinnamon stick and fenugreek seeds.  Fry for 3 minutes until onions become tender.
  2. Add 1 tsp. cumin and 1 tsp. mustard seeds.  Simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Add Turmeric, red chili powder (optional), curry powder and let it simmer for 2 minutes
  4. Add one cup of water, green beans, mix well and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add coconut milk (or cow's milk) and salt to taste and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Check for taste periodically.
  6. Once the green beans are very tender (but not too soft and mushy) and have absorbed all the flavors of the spices it is ready to serve.

You can dramatically reduce or eliminate the high saturated fat coconut milk, which research indicates is not good for you. Organically grown cows milk would be a good alternative or better still you can completely eliminate it from this recipe and still have good results.

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