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Recipe: How to make Flat Beans Curry

By Urmimala
September 14, 2015 19:00 IST
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Kolkata-based food blogger Urmimala shares a traditional recipe of flat beans cooked in a tangy tamarind gravy. You can share yours too!

Sheem with dhonepata and tetul (Flat beans cooked in coriander and tamarind curry) is a traditional Bengali dish, says Urmimla.

It is tangy and spicy, and goes well with rice, she adds.

Here's the recipe:

Sheem with Dhone and Tetul

Sheem with Dhone and Tetul


  • 5 to 6 sheem (flat beans) cut into small square pieces
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 bunch of dhonepata (coriander leaves)
  • 2 to 3 green chillies
  • Sugar to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil


  • Soak the tamarind pods in warm water.
  • When they become soft, separate the pulp using a sieve.
  • Blend coriander leaves into a paste.
  • Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadai. Stir fry the sheem pieces.
  • Add green chillies.
  • Add the coriander and tamarind paste. Add sugar and salt per your taste.
  • Add some water if required and cover the kadai.
  • Cook till sheem pieces become tender.
  • The resulting curry should not be too dry.
  • Serve hot with steam rice.

Photograph: Urmimala

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