Green Beans and Potatoes (Aloo Phalliyan)

Spiced green beans and potatoes are comforting and tasty. Undoubtedly, this traditional South Asian dish is packed with aromatic spices, making it even more delicious. In addition to being incredibly flavorful, our aloo phalliyan recipe is:

  • Suitable for vegans and vegetarians
  • Full of natural ingredients.
  • Quick and easy to whip up
  • Perfectly spiced
  • Great as a main course or a side dish.

Moreover, if you’re looking for more vegan-friendly recipes, you can explore our collection like our onion bhajis, chip shop curry sauce, and masala swirl bread.

What is aloo phalliyan?

The word “aloo” means potato and “phalliyan” refers to green beans, otherwise known as string beans. This dish combines these primary ingredients with fragrant spices to create a wholesome, satisfying meal. 

Ingredients for spiced vegan green beans and potatoes

Before diving into the cooking process, it’s essential to have all your ingredients ready. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Green beans, chopped
  • Oil (we used rapeseed oil)
  • Medium onions, sliced
  • Cloves garlic, chopped
  • Ginger, chopped
  • Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Garam masala
  • Salt
  • Fresh chilli or powder
  • Fresh coriander (optional)

Equipment needed to make green beans and potatoes

Before you commence, ensure you have the necessary equipment on hand. Here’s what’s needed:

  • A medium-sized pan or wok
  • A spatula or stirring spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Chopping board

Once you’ve gathered the ingredients and equipment, you can make this vegan green bean and potato curry.

How to make green beans and potatoes

Warm up the Oil

Firstly, pour the oil into your pan and place it on a medium heat. Allow the oil to warm up for 1-2 minutes, ensuring it’s evenly spread.

Prepare the Base

Secondly, add the cumin once the oil is warm and let it sizzle for around 10 seconds. After this, carefully introduce the sliced onions. Cook until the onions turn light brown.

Following this, mix in the garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Stir continuously and cook the mixture for 2-3 minutes or until the ingredients are brown and aromatic.

Season the mixture

Subsequently, you can now season the mixture. Sprinkle in the salt, chilli, and garam masala, adjusting the quantities to suit your palate.

Incorporate the vegetables

Now, pour in the chopped green beans. Cook them until they’ve softened slightly. Afterwards, fold in the diced potatoes, ensuring they’re mixed well.

Complete the cooking

Let the potatoes and green beans simmer on low to medium heat until the potatoes are tender and fully cooked.

Garnish the potatoes and green beans

Lastly, sprinkle a handful of chopped fresh coriander on top for freshness. Serve this delightful aloo phalliyan dish alongside warm naan bread and cooling raita.

How to store aloo phalliyan

These string beans and potatoes are best on the same day. However, if you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Can frozen green beans be used in aloo phalliyan? 

Yes, however, we think fresh ones tend to be more flavourful. Also, frozen beans might cook faster than fresh ones, so keep an eye on them.

How to make low-carb string beans and potatoes

Yes, for a low-carb variation, you can reduce the number of potatoes and increase the amount of green beans. You might also consider adding other low-carb vegetables like bell peppers or cauliflower.

Is potato and green bean curry gluten-free?

Yes, Aloo Phalliyan is naturally gluten-free. However, always ensure that any additional ingredients or accompaniments (like store-bought naan or chapati) are gluten-free if you’re serving someone with a gluten allergy.

Can other spices be added to string bean and potato curry?

Certainly! Feel free to experiment with spices like coriander powder, fenugreek leaves, or mustard seeds to enhance the flavor.

Close-up view of Aloo Phalliyan, a mixture of fresh green beans and diced potatoes coated in flavorful spices.

Green Beans and Potatoes (Aloo Phalliyan)

Spiced green beans and potatoes are comforting and tasty. Undoubtedly, this traditional South Asian dish is packed with aromatic spices, making it even more delicious.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, savory, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, South Asian
Servings 8


  • Medium-sized pan or wok
  • Spatula or stirring spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Knife
  • Chopping board


  • 6 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 4 medium onions chopped
  • 300 g green beans chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger
  • 75 ml oil we used rapeseed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh chopped chili or chili powder to taste
  • Handful of fresh coriander to garnish optional


  • Warm up the oil in a pan for 1-2 minutes on a medium heat.
  • Add the cumin and onions, cook until the onions golden.
  • Mix in the garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Continue cooking until the mixture is brown, roughly 2-3 minutes.
  •  Season with salt, chilli and garam masala
  • Pour in the green beans. Once they begin softening, fold in the diced potatoes.
  • Continue cooking until potatoes are tender.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and enjoy.
Keyword aloo, aloo phalliyan, chip shop curry sauce, curry, green beans, indian, masala, potato, punjabi, south asian, string beans

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