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Monday, 11 January 2016

Black Turtle Beans Curry


          Here is an amazing dish made out of Black Turtle Beans or simply Black Beans. I came across this lentil in a supermarket and thought of giving it a try. I should confess that the end result was a super delicious preparation that tastes almost like Rajma (Kidney Beans) to me. 

          It has many health benefits as it contains fiber, proteins, calcium, lowers cholesterol and is good for the control of diabetes. You can enjoy it with either jeera rice, plain steamed rice, naan, tandoori roti or just chapatti. Rajma too can be made in the similar way. Please find below a step by step guide with pictures to prepare it.








  • 1/2 cup black turtle beans, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup split moong dal (green gram lentil), soaked for an hour
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp. asafoetida
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tbsp. coriander-cumin powder
  • 1 tsp; red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt, beaten
  • coriander leaves, beaten yoghurt & sliced onion to garnish





          Pressure cook the soaked beans in 1 1 /2 cups water for 5 minutes on a low flame after the first whistle. Then add salt and turmeric powder and mash with a potato masher. Keep aside. 

          Heat oil n a pan and temper with cumin seeds and asafoetida. Saute for a few seconds and add the onions. Fry till light brown in colour.

          Then add the ginger-garlic paste, tomato paste and the remaining dry spices mixed with a little water. Saute till the oil separates.

          Add the boiled dal and bring it to a boil. Then add the beaten yoghurt and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Serve, garnished with coriander leaves, sliced onion and a drizzle of some beaten yoghurt.





                               Soak 1/2 cup black turtle beans overnight.




                             Soak 1/4 cup split moong dal (green gram lentil) for an hour.




                              The soaked lentils.




                               Add water and pressure cook.




                                Add salt and turmeric powder.




                               Mash with a potato masher and keep aside.




                            Heat oil in a pan and temper with cumin seeds and asafoetida.




                                Add onions and saute till light brown.



                        Then add ginger-garlic paste, tomato paste and all dry spices 
                        mixed with a little water. Saute till the oil separates.




                                Add the boiled dal and bring it to a boil.




                               Add the beaten yoghurt and simmer for 2-3 miunutes.












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