Curried Runner Bean Filo Parcels

At this time of the year runner beans are plentiful. If you’re growing your own, you’ll know this all too well. They’re the plant that keeps on giving, and at a particularly fast rate right now. The go-to options are boiling, steaming and having them as a side green. But there’s so much more these bountiful green’s can offer. My recent post about Runner Bean’s gives you a few ideas of what else you could be doing with these super beans!

So right now we’re packing in a punch with some spice in these curried filo parcels. Who said green beans had to be bring?¬†This recipe is a great way of using up leftovers too with the mashed potato that goes into them.¬†Perfect for a picnic or a veggie dish at the summer BBQ and they require minimal effort! Excuse my horrendous attempts at making triangles, next time I think I’ll be making squares!

Runner Bean Filo Parcels

Got a glut of runner beans to use up, try out these filo parcels. They're spicy and perfect for taking along to a picnic

Course Snack
Servings 6 parcels
Author FentonEats


  • 300 g runner beans top, tailed, sliced
  • 150 g potato mashed
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp ghee or veg oil
  • 0.5 tsp chilli flakes or fresh


  1. If you're using leftover potatoes, mash them up loosely. If not, cover in a pan with cold water and bring to the boil and then simmer until cooked through.

  2. In a pan, on a medium heat, heat up the ghee/oil and brown the onion (3-4 mins) and then add in the garlic, curry powder, chilli flakes and beans and fry for a couple of minutes and then add and mix the mashed potato and coriander

  3. Transfer the contents of the pan into a bowl and allow to cool so you can easily handle it - you can pop it in the fridge and leave it for about 20 minutes

  4. Once cooled, pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 5. 

  5. Prepare the filo pastry to make samosas - see notes

  6. Brush the samosas lightly with oil and then sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and bake for 25-30 minutes until they're golden brown

Recipe Notes

This tutorial will help with getting the shape right if you're insistent on triangles. Otherwise, squares shall do, fold the filo in half, pop a large spoonful of the mix into the middle and fold the corners in the middle

Adapted from BBC Good Food


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