Peanutty rosecoco with saffron rice

by Sunita on March 2, 2009

I had almost forgotten how it is to be a single parent; now, before you jump to conclusions, Dinesh and I, are still very happily married, just that he’s not going to be around for a few days.

The first time me and the kids were alone for quite a while, was nearly six years ago, and the last, nearly five. When I compare those days to now, I can’t help, but reflect on how different they are. Then, I had an infant and a toddler to look after, their emotions being put forward through broken words, smiles and wails. Now, of course, it is a different story altogether. Both of them have come a long way from that phase; now, they do not need to wail or giggle to express their likes and dislikes…yup! they just say it ( ahem! a bit too vocal at times). They have also become so much more independent. Where, in those days, I had to perch them both on my lap at the same time, and hum to them, now, they sit on either sides of me while we share a book. Now , they can help in holding the door open for me while I carry something bulky through it. Where, earlier, I was the only one who saw to their hurts, now, they too come running and give me a hug when I bump against something. They can share a joke, read by themselves, sleep through the night, eat , carry their plates to the kitchen after their meal, use the toilet, shower, dress, walk, run, jump, bike, swim, write, draw, climb the steps, answer the phone, carry their own backpacks…the list goes on and on, simple day to day things, but all of which they needed help with all those years ago. Yes, they have changed so much in these 5-6 years. Yes, it’s different being a single parent to them now.

And the greatest change? Six years ago, when Dinesh returned to India from the UK after six months, I still remember the look on Rengoni’s face, as she sized him up, all too critically . I still remember Rengoni asking me in which room Dinesh was going to stay… Agastya was way too little to even understand anything. It did break my heart at that time.

Yesterday was Dinesh’s birthday, and when we called him ( he’s away for a while), Rengoni repeatedly requested him to make sure that he would never be away on his birthday, “ever again”. When both she and Agastya wished him, in fact, even sang the birthday song for him and showered him with kisses over the phone, at the same time, telling him, how much they missed him, I felt a tug in my heart too and I smiled. And yes, I wondered again, as to how much they had changed. Yes, they are growing up, and it is indeed, very, very different, living alone with them now than it was all those years ago!

On the cooking front too, things have changed. Their food habits have changed considerably, and they can now enjoy the same hearty meal as we do. I had soaked some rose coco beans

the other night, thinking of making something like rajma masala ( kidney beans curry). However, when the time came to cook them, I changed my mind and made something else…with vegetables and peanut butter, which produced a creamy and filling dish. It is quite easy, and, apart from the time to boil the beans, it is a quick dish to put together.

Here’s how I made my rosecoco beans with peanut butter-

What’s neeed-

1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tblsp of vegetable/sunflower oil
3 and 1/2 C of boiled rosecoco (or kidney) beans
1 small carrot, finely chopped
1 small red pepper, finely chopped
1 and 1/2 tblsp of chunky peanut butter
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 whole red chilli, halved
1/3 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp crushed red chillies( more or less)
1 tblsp roasted and ground cumin
3 C of water ( I used the liquid in which the beans were boiled)

How to-

  1. Heat the oil and add the cumin seeds, bay leaf and red chilli halves.
  2. When the seeds splutter, add the onions, garlic, carrots and red pepper, along with the turmeric, ground cumin and crushed red chillies. Stir well, and cook till the onions soften.
  3. Add the beans, peanut butter and salt and stir constantly over medium heat till everything is mixed well and the peanut butter has melted.
  4. Add the water, stir and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat, and simmer till the gravy thickens. Keep stirring in between.
  6. Remove from heat and serve hot with rice or any Indian flatbread.

That’s it! A very simple and easy dish, but with a creamy, peanutty flavour. We had it with some saffron rice.

Well, actually, I was just making plain rice, and it was already half cooked, when I had finished cooking with the beans. Somehow, the look of the beans dish made me very happy and I just sprinkled a few strands of saffron to the boiling rice to add some oomph! We had one hearty meal that night. There were some leftovers ( still trying to get used to cooking for three) and it tasted even better the next day.


Think spice-

This month’s edition of Think spice is being guest hosted by dear Divya of Dil Se. She has chosen a very popular spice …peppercorns as the star spice for the month of March’09. You have till the 31st of March to send in your peppery entries. So head over to her blog for the rules and get thinking.

Hosting Think spice-
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{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nags March 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

Three things:

1. Adding peanut butter to the gravy is an ingenious idea, I would have never thought of it!

2. I love pepper and anything flavoured with it so looking forward to sending an entry to think spice this month.

3. I loved your entry for Click and think its absolutely yummy :)


2 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Aww, thank you so much, dear Nags :-)


3 Happy Cook March 2, 2009 at 10:06 am

Wow the bean curry looks so delicious, this particular bean is new to me, will keep a eye open when i go for shopping next time.
Kids do grow up so fast. Here we too hate it when hubby goes for trips, but can’t help it.


4 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Thanks HC :-)


5 Asha March 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Happy birthday to him. We had a busy weekend and it snowed 6″ today. schools are off and kids are home!

Arvind and I are never lived apart for more than 20yrs now. I would love to get away alone for a while, may be for 2 weeks or so. It’s good to be apart sometimes. Enjoy and hearts will go fonder as they say! ;D

Beans dish looks fab and so healthy as well. I made something with Pepper too, will post on Wednesday at FH although I am taking a break from Aroma.


6 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Not apart for 20 yrs!!! Now, that’s quite an achievement :-)


7 Mishmash! March 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

you captured so many deep emotions in your words…and I could almost feel it!


8 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Thanks Shn…it’s nice to let it flow sometimes :-)


9 A&N March 2, 2009 at 2:55 pm

I love the addition of peanut butter. I lvoe peanut butter, so I’m sure htis dish ought to do it for me! LOL


10 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Thanks…we did enjoy the dish :-)


11 Priya March 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Wow excellent protein packed curry…am just drooling over the saffron rice.. looks gorgeous!!!


12 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Thank you Priya :-)


13 Soma March 2, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Adding peanut butter to the gravy is one unique idea. before this I always associated peanut butter with something sweet.
Lovely post, loved reading it.


14 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Thank you Soma…it was a spur of the moment addition, one i didn’t regret :-)


15 Medhaa March 2, 2009 at 5:05 pm

it was a very sweet post. loved the idea of putting peanut butter in a curry.


16 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Thank you Medhaa :-)


17 Rosie March 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm

This is a beautiful dish I MUST try this one. I can fully uinderstand how you feel with hubby away for a little time. Take care sweetie and he will be home soon :D

Rosie x


18 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Thanks for those sweet words, rosie :-)


19 Rosa March 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Oh, I love everything here! A wonderful meal!




20 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


21 snookydoodle March 2, 2009 at 6:30 pm

what an interesting dish! i cpying thisone wish to try it :) your post touched my heart. hope you ll be re united soon :)


22 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Thanks natalie :-)


23 sandeepa March 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm

That looks like a nice pot of rajma to me :)
And that rice serving dish is extremely pretty

And you say its harder when the kids are older ???? D does travel on & off but for a max of 4 days, it was ok with just S around, with the baby, I am not sure if i will be able to handle both by myself though


24 Sunita March 3, 2009 at 6:29 am

When the kids are older, at least, they are able to manage quite a few things by themselves. Don’t worry, you’ll survive. I did, and that too, with two very small children, just a year apart, and completetly dependent on me for everything.


25 sandeepa March 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I can host Paanch Phoran for April, if you wish .


26 Sunita March 3, 2009 at 6:23 am

Thank you so much for offering, dear Sandeepa. Would you mind hosting in October’09? Till then, all the months have been taken up.


27 Shelly March 2, 2009 at 11:45 pm

This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it soon. I really enjoy your blog!


28 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Thanks Shelly…do try the recipe :-)


29 Jennifer March 3, 2009 at 12:37 am

So interesting!! I’m going to have to try this!! :)


30 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Tanks Jennifer and do give it a try :-)


31 Kalyn March 3, 2009 at 3:44 am

Sounds wonderful, and the photos are gorgeous!


32 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Thanks kalyn :-)


33 Madhumathi March 3, 2009 at 4:32 am

Adding peanut butter to make the gravy is a creative idea..Im going to give this a try…Loved your Click entry :)


34 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Thank you:-)


35 Nirmala March 3, 2009 at 6:41 am

I have underwent and still in that phase..The kids have of course grown up now and don’t need my assistance too much. But for the first time when I too was away for 2 weeks on an official trip they two missed me terribly and the first thing my elder one said when I came back is “never leave me again”. But in another few years I bet these statements too will become a story but boy how do they grow up then ? This curry looks interesting…And pairing it with saffron rice is a greta treat Sunita!


36 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Yesa, kids do grow up in the blink of an eye :-)


37 Miri March 3, 2009 at 7:24 am

That’s such a creamy curry – must be a delicious combination!

You must have really gone all out to cope the last time around – glad that now you have help from the kids and can cope better. I managed work, home,moving and a toddler on my own a couple of years back when my husband went ahead of us to Delhi to join work and look for a house. It was a crazy time but we got through it….


38 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Thanks Miri :-)


39 Alka March 3, 2009 at 8:16 am

I know what you mean when u said a single parent,coz i had been through it just a month back.When my kid was yet an infant ,we thought he wont miss his father(he was just few months old) .But when my hubby went on an official trip for a month then,i had a real hard time,with my kid crying daily ,bang on 9:30 pm everyday,which was the regular time of father -son playtime,after he used to be back from office.Even after that whenever hubby used to go for his trips,i had a hard time managing everything on my own and simultaneously consoling the kid.But this time thankfully things went on smoothly,coz now my kid feels he is a responsible boy and in absence of his father,he has to take care of home and myself….lolz …come to think of it ,he is just 7 ;-)
Coming to recipe of the day,it looks so inviting ,wish i was there to have a plateful of saffron rice and rajma curry
Ps:Belated Birthday wishes to ur hubby :-)


40 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:09 pm

My kids are 7 and 6 and yes, thgey are beginning to show signs of maturity ( not at all times, of course :-D ), which surprises me no end :-)

Thanks for your wishes :-)


41 The Blacksmith March 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm

I made the bean soup today: it was great! I had to omit the chillies because my toddler won’t eat it! Furthermore, I added some roasted butternut squash, partly diced and partly puréed so it would make it thicker; I also added two handfuls of curly kale. The result was fantastic and very filling. Keep up the great job you have here, giving fantastic ideas for busy and concerned mammas! :D


42 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Yay! I’m so glad you tried it. And I like your variation too :-)

Glad you like my humble world :-)


43 sandeepa March 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm


Shall mail you on that


44 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Will do :-)


45 Lavi March 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Sunita..last week i was googling to find out whats the name for these Rajma. I also prepared curry with this, and iam in love with this, as it cooks so soft and soon, also tastes perfect. Urs with peanut butter, it should also be so tasty!


46 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Yes, the beans are really tasty :-)


47 Sharmi March 3, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Hey Sunita, I too have very tough time managing 2 kids without venkat. It was lovely to read your post. The gravy looks so comforting. Sounds rich with peanut butter.


48 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:12 pm

Thanks Sharmi, we did enjoy the meal :-)


49 sathyasankar March 4, 2009 at 6:05 am

Love the dish, adding peanut butter is quite interesting !
Btw, your post was very sweet n emotional :) .


50 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Thak you :-)


51 Daily Meals March 4, 2009 at 10:42 am

Curry looks rich and healthy…


52 Sunita March 4, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Thak you…we did love it :-)


53 Lisa March 5, 2009 at 12:21 am

I love soupy bean dishes with peanut butter. Amazing photos. I want to try all of your creations. What a lucky family you have.


54 Kevin March 7, 2009 at 2:17 am

That looks good! I really like the use of the peanut butter in it.


55 jackie June 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

hi there, I have never cooked these beans before and followed your recipe. It was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS! Thank you, I will certainly cook it again..

Jackie :-)


56 Sunita June 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Glad you liked the dish!


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