I usually make kidney beans on their own. But a couple of days ago, decided to try this mix of exotic beans and turn it into a nice curry. It did taste good. Dried beans are usually high in fibre which may help decrease cholesterol as part of a healthy lifestyle.
250 gms of mixed beans(I used dried black eyed beans, alubia beans,red kidney beans,Dutch brown beans,baby Lima beans,butter beans and haricot beans), washed and soaked overnight, or a minimum of 8-10 hours
1 large onion, 1 and 1/2 inch piece of ginger and 6 cloves of garlic, blended together to make a paste
1 tomato, chopped
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 and1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chilli powder
1 whole red chilli
1 bay leaf
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 pods of cardamom
1 inch stick of cinammon
2 tblsp cooking oil
salt to taste
Boil the beans until they cooked, taking care not to overdo it.
Heat oil in a pan. Add the whole red chilli, bay leaf, cumin seeds,cinammon,cardamom and cloves .When the aroma begins to emanate, add the onion, ginger and garlic paste .
Stir for a minute and add the powdered spices, except the garam masala and stir till the water evaporates.
Add the tomatoes and cook till they are mushy.
Add the boiled beans along with salt and stir till they are evenly coated with the spices.
Add one glass of water and bring to a boil. Add the garam masala powder and allow the gravy to thicken a little.
Remove from heat and serve with rotis or plain rice. The curry is spicy, but one can always adjust the level of heat or spiciness according to personal tastes.