Easy Dinner Recipes

Red Kidney Beans Curry

Red kidney beans are very high in anti-oxidants. This dish is really delicious and very good for you. I used a pressure cooker to soften the beans. Just follow the instructions on how to use your pressure cooker.

If you do not have a pressure cooker, soak the beans overnight and then boil them in the morning. You may just use canned red kidney beans as well. If you decide to use the canned beans then add 2 cups of water for a soup like gravy. If you boil the beans use the water that it was boiled in to create the soup like gravy.

Curry Leaves used in this recipe is optional, however it does add a really nice aroma. You will find these leaves at most Indian grocers.


  • 1 cup dried kidney beans
  • 4 tablespoons Canola oil
  • ¼ cup sliced onion
  • 1 cup crushed canned tomato
  • 4 whole garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to your taste)
  • 2 sprigs of curry leaves, if you have these in your area
  • a few sprigs of cilantro for garnish


  • Pick beans, discard stones or dirt, & wash beans
  • Boil beans until they are soft. Add cinnamon stick to the boiling water. If using canned beans, begin at the next step
  • Heat oil on medium temperature & add onions
  • When soft add tomatoes and cook for about 1 minutes until mushy
  • Add ginger & garlic & stir, then add the spices, mix well. Add curry leaves if this is available
  • Add the beans & salt and blend together
  • If beans have been boiled add the water it was boiled in. For canned beans add 2 cups of water
  • Reduce heat & cook for about 10-15 minutes until beans are soft. The whole garlic cloves should be soft. Mash them in with the back of a spoon
  • Garnish with cilantro in serving dish. Serve with rice or roti
kidney beans with rice.

Kidney Beans served with rice

cooked beans in bowl.

Curried Red Kidney Beans

Kidney beans cooking in pot on stove, blended with all the spices and ingredients

Beans cooking in Pot

Aromatic Curry Leaves.

Fresh Curry Leaves

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