Black Beans Curry

desi Black Beans Curry
In our everyday meals, I make sure we eat a balanced diet with more proteins, veggies and less carbohydrates.  Eating a protein rich diet is the key to losing weight.  Any Beans are a good protein source for vegans and vegetarians.  Also, a rainbow colored diet is healthy.  I use a variety of beans - red kidney beans/rajma, chickpeas/chana, black eyed peas/chawli, green mung beans and many more.
Today I made a desi style black beans curry, oven Roasted Cauliflower and steamed rice.  Black Beans is one of the beans easily available here in US.

Dry Black Beans - 3/4 cup
Onion - 1 small
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Garlic - 5 cloves
Curry Leaves/Kadipata - a sprig
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp
Green Chillies - 4
Chat Masala - 1/2 tsp
Coriander/Cilantro/Dhania Leaves - few sprigs

How to cook Easy Black Beans Curry:
Cook the black beans with about 2 cups water until very soft.  Add more water if required.  I generally cook black beans in a pressure cooker, which saves time and does not require soaking.  If you have time, soak the beans for a few hours.
black Beans
  • Blend/grind the tomatoes with 2 tbsp cooked beans to a fine puree.  Crush the garlic cloves, finely chop onions and slit the chillies lengthwise.
  • Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a kadhai/wok.  Add garlic, mustard seeds and curry leaves.  After garlic turns golden brown, add onions and green chillies.
  • Saute till onions turn soft.  Lastly, add cooked beans, tomato puree, black pepper powder, chat masala and salt.  Bring it to a boil and turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve Black Beans with rice.


  1. Protein packed and delicious black bean rasam, very new for me..

  2. I live in New Mexico and am always looking for new recipes that can be given a Mexican twist. I am going to make your recipe and turn it into a bean burrito.

  3. Thanks Priya and Linda for the encouraging comments.
    Linda, bean burrito with an Indian touch would be very interesting. I am looking forward for your twist.

  4. The dish looks so delicious...the colour and the creamyness is so tempting....thanks for sharing....
    Btw, thanks for ur new year wishes...take care...

  5. healthy and delicious black bean saar....very interesting and great recipe....

  6. Very new for me...luks Awesome.

  7. wow
    uma i love indian food , great this is easy way to learn cooking food for bachelors like me

    enjoy week end
    take care

  8. Uma,,, woow great recipe dear healthy n nutritious facts filled bean sure as u said it will taste good with white rice..hope u enjoyed this bean curry with rice.

  9. Recipe is really very nice, got to try this one

  10. very interesting and new recipe.

  11. rasam looks so tempting..yumm..

  12. ah such a healthy tasty rasam...

  13. hi uma
    i didnt expect you
    like this
    thanks for your support
    i am very happy to see you again and again
    hey uma i have a request,
    summer stated now ,
    do u what kind of food is healthy in summer ?
    just simple question

    uma wats plan this Sunday

  14. Thanks Kamalika, Swapna, Premalatha, B, knk, Sathya, Sushma, Kshipra, Deepa, S for the lovely words.

    knk, for summer I go for foods with high water content.. fruits like watermelon, oranges etc cucumber, curds. hope it helps.

  15. nice....sumptuous ..more of rajma n rice!!

  16. Very healthy one' protein rich preparation, love it.

  17. Healthy and easy recipe, looks delicious.

  18. uma
    very healthy one..very nutritious rasam..We like any kind of i can try this black bean rasam.Thanks for sharing such a recipe

  19. healthy curry looks great and i like it a lot

  20. Thanks Harman, Arthi, Malar, Sridevi, Prani, Krishnaveni for the encouraging comments..
    Harman, yeah black bean tastes too like Rajma.


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