Winged Bean and Dhal Curry

For this month, I am sharing a simple and delicious curry together with some 70s – 90s music from Sweden. DSC01073The following music clips takes me back to the early 90s when I listened quite a lot to these three Swedish music groups. How could I not start the music feature on music from Sweden without a song from ABBA? Actually, I was never a fan of their music but I listened to a lot of their music back then because some of my friends were huge fans and kept playing them a lot that some of the songs kind of seeped into my song lists. This very popular song is one such. There was a time in the early 90s when MTV played a huge part in introducing me to a lot of popular music. The next two song clips are from that time. The second song is ‘Don’t turn around’ by Ace of Base. The final song for this month is Roxette’s ‘It must have been love’.
Hope you enjoy trying out the curry and that you enjoyed going on a nostalgic trip back to the 90s!

Winged Bean and Dhal Curry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Winged beans – ¼ cup
  • Mysore dhal – ½ cup
  • Green chillies – 2
  • Onion – ½
  • Fennel seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Pepper – ½ or 1 tsp
  • Crushed chillies – ¼ tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp
  • Coconut or non-fat milk – 2 or 3 tbsp (optional)


  1. Wash and chop the winged beans, green chillies and onion.
  2. Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan and fry the fennel seeds. Add the chopped onion, chillies and curry leaves and continue frying for 2 – 3 mins.
  3. Add the chopped winged beans to the pan and stir.
  4. Wash the dhal and add the dhal to the pan together with a cup of water and ½ tsp turmeric powder. Cook for 15 mins
  5. Add the pepper, salt and crushed chillies towards the end of the cooking. Stir well
  6. While the curry is good as it is, if you like to add milk, you can add 2-3 tbsp coconut or non-fat milk and cook for a few mins more.
  7. Remove from heat and serve warm with rice.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan.

4 thoughts on “Winged Bean and Dhal Curry

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  2. OH winged bean dancing queen 🙂 I love Abba and I am so happy to have discovered your blog – THANKs for trying out the crostata recipe and posting about it – it is so exciting to be able to tell Nonna in the deep south if Italy that her recipe has been made in Sri Lanka – thrilling, thank you!

      • Dear Ahila – wonderful, we will do, she will be so excited! Regarding the cherries – the feedback was – any cherries you have handy, this being a “peasant” dish (I am guessing the almonds got added when the peasants moved up in the world). I suspect they would be quite soggy though because they have so much juice, which is why it might be worth considering to use freshly made cherry jam instead with almost no sugar just so you can get some of the juice out. I haven’t asked Nonna herself yet, but as soon as I have her answer I will let you know! Happy baking Poli

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