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from Jen's cookbook

Yellow Eyed Beans Curry




  • 1 cup yellow eyed beans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp grated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder [adjust to taste]
  • 2 tsp dry coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp dry mango powder [amchoor]
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Preparation:
    1. Soak the yellow eyed beans in 3 cups water overnight or for at least 5 hours.Once soaked, drain the soaking water and discard it.
    2. Cooking the beans:-
    3. 1.Cook the beans with 2 cups salted water in a pressure cooker for approximately 15 minutes and 4-5 whistles.Strain and reserve the water to be used in curry later.
    4. or
    5. 2.Other methods of cooking the soaked beans: Cook the beans with 3 cups salted water in a pot with a lid on medium heat for about 45 minutes till tender.train and reserve the water to be used in curry later.
    6. In a cooking vessel with lid, add the oil and heat it up till the oil starts smoking slightly.
    7. Add the finely chopped onion and cook till golden brown.After this add the bay leaf & cloves and saute for 2 minutes.
    8. Next, add the grated garlic & ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    9. Next add the chopped tomatoes along with chilli,coriander,turmeric powder and salt.Cook this curry masala [ spice mix] on low heat till the oil starts separating from the mix along the sides of the vessel.
    10. Tip in the boiled beans into the vessel and combine well so that all the beans are covered in the masala.Saute for about 3 minutes.
    11. Next,add ground cinnamon and 1/2 cup or more of preserved water depending on how thick you like the gravy,cover and let the gravy come to a boil on a low heat.
    12. Once the curry has simmered for 8-10 minutes, add the dry mango powder and garam masala, stir well and let simmer for another 2 minutes.
    13. Remove from heat, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm with rice or flatbreads.
    14. Notes:
    15. Adding a tablespoon cream at the end will give a really smooth texture and creamy to the gravy.
    16. You can add some boiled potatoes to the gravy as a variation.

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    modified: 2012.03.26 | created: 2012.03.26

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