Wash and slit the beans lengthwise into two pieces. Then cut it into 2 to 3 inch lengthwise pieces.
Chop the onion and garlic lengthwise.
In a kadai put the oil and when it is hot add aniseeds (sombu). Then add curry leaves, chopped onion and garlic and fry for a while. Then add beans pieces and stir fry for five minutes on medium flame. Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt. Mix well and add milk. Close with a lid and cook on medium heat till the milk is absorbed and the beans is soft.
This curry goes well with fried rice/chapathi and toasted bread.