Curry Bean Salad

Curry Bean Salad Recipe

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Curry Bean Salad Recipe

This curry bean salad is the perfect braai (barbecue) companion. Here in sunny South Africa, we have many different traditions when it comes to a braai. Salads in only one of them. When you get the opportunity to be invited to a braai, you will see this for yourself.

The husband is usually the person responsible for the braai. He, or she does the cooking of the meat on the grid over the hot coals. The wife is the person responsible for preparing the side dishes, of which, curry bean salad is one. She, or he, stands in the kitchen preparing the braaibroodjies (sandwiches grilled over hot coals), as well as the curry bean salad.

The most popular side salad for a braai is aartappelslaai (potato salad), but most people eat beetroot, or this curry bean salad on the side. This curry bean salad is a classic traditional side salad for the braai. You should be lucky enough to encounter this salad when attending a braai (barbecue) in South Africa. It is a delicious recipe and I can dare to say that you will be tempted to return for a second, or third portion.

I say return because it works like this. When the husband, and wife, have completed their braai (barbecue) preparation duties, they normally gather around the fire, where the husband is busy showing off his braai (barbecue) skills. His skills depend on what he had to drink. If he, or she, had beer, he is a pro braaimeester (barbecue master). If he, or she, had brandy, he is a superhero braaimeester (superman braai master). If he, or she, had whiskey, there is nothing you can tell him about braaing. He knows all the tricks and can braai with his eyes closed, except, he only opens his eyes when he has a sip of his whiskey.

Okay, where were we? O yes, the husband and wife is gathering around the braai. Now, once the meat has been braaied, and the side dishes have been prepared, all the food gets transferred to a table, where everyone dishes for themselves. This way, most people can go for a second, or even third helpings, with no one else caring how much who eats.

There you have it, a bit of the background of the braai traditions in our contry. This is the country with the friendliest people on the planet, so, please do yourself a favor and visit this country, if only it is to taste the delicious curry bean salad, and experience a braai.

Oh, and, don't come and shoot our lions, they also braai. Only joking.

We are happy you are here and we hope you enjoy our curry bean salad recipe. Please let us know what you think if you have had the privilege of enjoying this splendid recipe.

Thanks and happy braaing.

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Recipe Info


Serves: 8


Calories: 284
Carbs: 16g
Fat: 6.7g
Protein: 8.4g

Cooking Times

20 min
Preparation Time
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20 min
Cook Time
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40 min
Total Time
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  1. In a large saucepan, boil the green beans or string bins in salted water until just tender, drain, and place in a salad serving dish
  2. In another saucepan, boil the vinegar and sugar stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved
  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then add the curry powder, salt, and cornflour to the sugar and vinegar mixture, stir well, until the curry powder has dissolved
  4. Add the cooked green beans to the mixture, increase the heat to the boiling point, then turn off the heat. Drain and refrigerate to allow the flavours to combine, at least two hours. Serve cold, as a side dish to a braai (barbeque). Enjoy!
  5. Chefds Note: You can drain the sauce, and serve the green beans as a side salad, or you can leave the beans in the sauce, and bottle the salad in sterilised bottles, and store in the refrigerator.

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Samuel Harding
Take a bow to the Cooking Cat for this curry bean salad recipe. Impressive recipe. 🤗 5.00

Jerry Coggs
By far the best and easiest curry bean salad I have tried. We own a farm stall and the girls are always on the lookout for a new recipe, ideas, to bottle. We sell many of these bottled curry bean salads a month. Thank you. ❤️👍 5.00

Christian Garner
Hi there, I would like to know the name of the author of this recipe, please? All I can see is The Cooking Cat. We are planning a recipe book, website, collaboration and I need the person's writing skills. Thank you. Lovely salad by the way. 5.00
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Hi Christian, we asked the author what he thinks and shared his contact details with you in an email. Please let us know if you need any other info? Thanks.

Margaret Newman
This is a great, quick, and easy curry bean salad recipe. I used your suggestion and bottled and labeled the finished curry bean salad and hand these out as presents during birthdays or festive seasons. My people love this. 5.00

Walter Anrolds
I clearly remember a hunting trip to South Africa. These curry beans were one of the items served on the plate, with the meat. I tried so hard to remember what it was called and thank heavens, I have found this recipe. Going to share it with my friends and family. The kids loved it. 5.00

Eric Venter
I convinced my wife, who is not easy to impress, to try this curry bean salad recipe. She was quite amazed at how easy it was to prepare, and how delicious the taste was. Fantastic recipe. 🙌 5.00

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