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Pinto Beans Curry

Pinto Beans are very much like the Sugar Beans in South Africa. Beans have a very high protein value, an excellent source of fiber and happens to be a favorite family dish. Using the canned Pinto Beans instead of the dried pinto beans that have to be boiled, saves time. The recipe below creates a tasty dish that is nourishing and delicious. Serve with rice, any Indian bread or regular bread.

Here is a link to Pinto/Sugar Beans made from dried beans


  • 14 oz. can Pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons Canola oil
  • ¼ sliced onion
  • ½ sliced tomato
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder(amount depends on taste)
  • 1 full teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon fennel powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt (Adjust to your taste)
  • 1 small chili pepper (optional)
  • 1 small potato (optional)
  • 1 cup water


  • Heat oil on medium heat
  • Add onion; sauté add sliced tomato
  • To this mixture add garlic &rest of spices & stir
  • Drain the water from the can of beans, add pinto beans: stir with the rest of the mixture
  • If adding the last 2 ingredients, slit chili pepper before adding
  • Peel potato, cut in quarters, microwave in clingwrap for 3 min. Then add to pot of beans
  • Put on the lid, add water & leave to simmer
  • Stir occasionally to prevent scorching & cook for about 10 min. on low heat
  • When potatoes are soft, it is ready. Adjust salt. Add more water if you prefer more gravy
 cooked Pinto beans curry

Pinto Beans Curry

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