Saim ki fali ki sabzi

Flattened beans with potatoes

Flattened beans with potatoes always reminds me of my mother’s cooking. She cooks the best sabzi of flattened beans with potatoes. In my childhood, we used to get fresh flattened beans (seim ki fali) from the kitchen garden itself. Have you ever noticed that if we pluck vegetables from the plant, then there is a fresh fragrance around it? Vegetables look so good and beautiful that you instantly want to cook them? Whereas, whenever I buy from the market (or online in the current situation), that enthusiasm is not there.

W are doing online shopping for all vegetables and fruits courtesy the pandemic . But for the last two weeks, could not see any variety in vegetables online. I got frustrated and my husband and I went out to buy in a traditional manner, to a brick-and-mortar store. It was sooo good to come out of the house, even though itΒ  was only vegetable shopping. I bought so many and was lucky enough to get very nice flattened beans . They were very tender and seeds were also soft and raw. I didn’t want to keep them in the fridge and decided to cook them for lunch.

Flattened Beans with potatoes

Flattened beans, paired with potatoes, go very well with roti or parathas. As not many ingredients are required to prepare this sabzi, it makes it very easy to cook. If you like garlic, you can add crushed garlic in oil along with rai, hing and jeera. It gives wonderful flavor.

I also have a post on a Clustered Beans in the blog – if you are interested, can take a look…Gwar ki fali (cluster beans)


Flattened beans 300 gms
Medium sized potatoes 2
Oil 3 tbsp
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt as per your taste
Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
Green chilies (chopped) 2
Water 4 tbsp
Salt as per your taste


CutΒ  both ends of flattened beans, chop them into small pieces and wash. Wash and cut potatoes too.

Wash , cut both the ends and chop flattened beans

Heat oil in a pan and crackle rai, hing and jeera. Add potatoes, mix them with oil and let them cook for a minute or two. Now, add chopped beans.

Cook potatoes for a minute or two..

Add flattened beans in potatoes..

Add all spices, mix everything well, add 2 tbsp water, cover the pan and let it cook on sim heat till potatoes and beans become tender.Β  In between, keep turning them upside-down for even cooking and if you feel that sabzi is sticking to the bottom, add 2 tbsp more water and cover it.

Add spices in potatoes and flattened beans

Flattened beans with potatoes is ready to go with roti or paratha.

Flattened Beans with potatoes


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Deeksha Pathak

I like reading, watching movies, listening to music, doing some art and craft, cooking, baking and exploring new ideas. Baking is my new passion!!

117 thoughts on “Flattened beans with potatoes

    1. Thanks a lot Francis.To tell you the truth Francis, if someone is used to of a particular ingredient in fried style they wouldn’t like it in normal cooking method. But in small quantity you can give it a try. Potatoes add on the taste a lot.

  1. Yummy! I should not read recipes when I am hungry … My husband is doing the cooking today, Pasta Gorgonzola, nobody can do it like him … πŸ™‚ … I will try this recipe next week and also try to do Paratha again (long time ago). This week we will try the green capsicums filled with potatoes.(Still no green Chili to be had anywhere …) I do have green chilis in a glass, but they are marinated.

    1. Thanks a lot Stella ☺️
      You are very lucky to get food served to you at home. In my house it is always… Paani peena hai to kua khodo means if you are thirsty, dig the well..kind of situation. Can’t dare to go out in restaurant also.
      You are a wonderful gardener so you can grow your own green chillies. It’s very easy also.
      Count me in whenever you are preparing paratha ❀️😊😘

      1. I think I will pick up on the idea of growing my own green chilis. But I guess they don’t care for minus temperatures in winter?
        My husband and I usually have our separate “jobs”. He prepares breakfast (European with bread and MΓΌsli and stuff), and I do all the other meals. I am not a morning person, while he is, so this arrangement is perfect. But once a month or so (not every month πŸ˜‰ ) he is doing the cooking.
        I bet your cooking is much better than a restaurant. We usually are disappointed … πŸ˜‰

      2. You can grow them in pots and can shift them inside the house at night. But it would be too much work to shift heavy pots.

        My husband and I both are morning people but hubby has sleeping disorders, so if I will depend on him for breakfast, we wouldn’t have any πŸ˜‚πŸ˜
        Stella, it doesn’t matter how good we all cook, we need a change. Cook of the house as well the rest of the family members. Sometimes Manish and Apoorva both want to run away with my ‘home cooked healthy food madness’ 😁😁

      3. They are WRONG!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ We do go out once in a while, like to Cafe Rohde that I reviewed the other day, and I enjoy it, but the level of food is never as good as at home, just a fact …… I think there were two cases, where I wasn’t disappointed. One was the vegan restaurant in Aalborg.

      4. I will convey your message gladly tomorrow morningπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        I have neve been to any Vegan restaurant, but a lot curious to visit one day. If going out we usually prefer to eat those dishes which take lots of efforts in preparation. And once in a while if going with friends, any place is fine. Spending few hours with friends over chit -chatting on silly topics refreshes your brain.
        Though my priority is always to go where they have excellent dessertsπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

      5. For some time I was not able to write another reply to this, one of WordPress’s mysteries, I guess …
        When out with good friends, I agree, it doesn’t matter where one goes, one doesn’t notice the surroundings anyway … πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ … ahaaaa, you have a sweet tooth … we do too, unfortunately, we cannot afford it though, because we are putting on too much weight.
        We are glad for any vegetarian or vegan restaurant, because the “normal” restaurants rarely offer anything vegetarian. Denmark is a meat eater country, especially pork.

      6. I read somewhere that for a short period Word Press had problems. I was also posting comments in other blogs and later comments were not seen.
        Manish and I both have also reduced our sugar intake a lot as reaching 50. Once in a while is ok I guess!

        In that case in this life if I will ever visit Denmark, other than vegan restaurants, your kitchen will be my rescueπŸ˜πŸ˜„

      7. You and your family will always be welcome (as long as we live that is … πŸ˜‰ ). Would that not be something, aahhh yes, it is always easier in a foreign country, when one knows somebody locally.

      8. Oh yes, someone known is a blessing in a foreign land. Experienced this when visited Jamaica for the first time.
        Don’t worry, I wouldn’t let you go so easily anywhere if I will have any plans to visit Denmark. Those beautifully sliced hassle free potatoes are on my wish list, so you have to keep good stock of potatoes in your kitchenπŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‹

      1. I know . It is regular at our house although I find the smell to be peculiar. It is the same combination- with potato.

  2. You have brought absolutely fresh vegetable. Seeing this delicious vegetable made my mouth water.πŸ˜‹ This seasonal vegetable is rich in nutrients and the taste is also tremendous. Very good recipe ma’am, congratulations to you.πŸ™πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸŒ»πŸŽ†πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

  3. Such a scrumptious curry. Flattened beans and potato are a fav in my house. Home grown fresh veggies are the best, I get to enjoy fresh flattened beans from my friends yard frequently.

  4. These days I’m living in a different city. (No. Sonu hasn’t thrown me out😊😊) I just have to work for a livingπŸ˜‚.
    I’m going to show this recipe to my cook. I hope he’s not as dumb as I am in cooking.
    It really looks mouth watering. God bless you and your Mom Deeksha.

    1. Thank you very much Parneet☺️😊
      I must say that you are quite daring. These days staying away from home and depending on cook is very brave. Hats off to Sonu to allow you with your adventure!!
      As long as you don’t cook, I am sure your cook will be serving you amazing dishes πŸ˜‰

      1. These days I’m purely vegan, teetotaller etc🀧πŸ˜ͺπŸ˜ͺ Imagine the torture .
        My cook is very good but what he makes doesn’t look at all like your wonderful preparations.
        It’s very good for weight lossπŸ˜„πŸ˜€

      2. For a Punjabi it is like having ‘ghaas patte’ only. I agree, real torture. If weight loss is the aim, then instead of normal water drink sauf ka paani whole day. It is really helpful.

      3. I’ll dieπŸ™ƒπŸ™ƒπŸ˜„πŸ˜„
        I’m going home in a couple of days. Will have sumptous food, the finest Australian wine.
        Next week saunf ka paaniπŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  5. Hallo, Deeksha, I tried the filled capsicum last week. I did not manage to make them good, because I could not get small peppers, only the large ones, and they proved too thick for the purpose. They did not really get soft and the taste was not as good. We loved the mashed potatoes though … πŸ˜‰ … Whenever I should stumble upon small capsicum, I will try again.

    Today we made the daal pancakes again. I put more veggies and was a bit bolder with spices, so they were veeery delicious. My husband, you know, the guy who says “I don’t like beans or lentils etc.”, called them a “giant success”, and even was musing if one should go to India and sample your cooking. Is he not cheeky? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Greetings from Denmark, where the days are quickly getting shorter.

    1. Hi Stella, very sorry for replying so late. Manish was not well so I was little tensed. He developed breathing irregularities and good Pulmonologists are only with Corona patients in icu. Rest are giving video consultation only. Finally found someone and it came out that his asthma is triggered back because of some infection. Now he is feeling better and a lot relief for me.
      Big size capsicums are always problematic and small ones are difficult to get. Big ones have lots of moisture also so they turn mushy also. But as you said, potatoes masala is very tasty πŸ˜ƒ

      Yessss, being liberal with spices adds a zing in daal pancakes. Spices just take over the bland taste of lentils.
      I told you before Stella, once the world is corona free, you should definitely plan a trip to India. We would be very happy to greet you both😊
      Here also mornings are becoming cold and with rain sometimes whole day is gloomy.

      1. No problem at all, Deeksha, family must come first. I am glad Manish is getting better.

        At the moment India is something to dream about only for us, but one never knows, does one? In any case I am glad to have “encountered” you at all … πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

  6. Love the way you cut the flatten beans! I never thought about cutting them. They look perfect in this shape. This dish must be great to go with rice (again, I love rice too much!). I am going to try it!
    Thank you, Deeksha. Eating is the most blessing thing!

  7. There are very typical recipes for you. We in Chile do not have flattened beans. They are round or elongated. Anyway I like to follow your recipe. It is interesting to know the variety of food that you have in your gastronomy.
    I hope Manish is fully recovered.
    A hug
    Manuel Angel

    1. Good morning Mac.
      Bangalore city is known for lots of varieties of beans. It was even named as Bean city! Overall India has a lot of variety in its food culture. I doubt if someone can really explore everything.
      Manish is recovering well. Hope you are finally settling down with all official formalities. Usually these things take a little longer time.
      Thank you so much for your kind concern Mac. Have a great week ahead ☺️

  8. Hi! I was just going through the comments and it led me here. So I’m guessing Manish is a part of your family. What had happened? I hope everything is alright.😳😳

      1. Ok…. nice to hear that. Yes I had a lovely time in the celebrations! I think you ll find out all the fun in my blogπŸ˜‚…. we had so much of food,fun,dresses, decoration and a great festive feel. How did you celebrate?

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