Yellow Eyed Beans Curry





Ingredients: [Serves 2]

  • 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


  • 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.
  • Cooking the beans:-
  1. This is what I do: 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.
  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.
  • In a cooking vessel with lid, add the oil and heat it up till the oil starts smoking slightly.
  • Add the finely chopped onion and cook till golden brown.After this add the bay leaf &  cloves and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the grated garlic & ginger and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat, garnish with chopped cilantro and serve warm with rice or flatbreads.


  • Adding a tablespoon cream at the end will give a really smooth texture and creamy to the gravy.
  • You can add some boiled potatoes to the gravy as a variation.
  • The recipe I have outlined in the post can be use for making any kind of curry.It is a generic recipe for curry making.Just substitute with your choice of vegetables or legumes and adjust cooking times.


Sending this to Hearth n Soul #37



  1. tahemeem says:

    Those pics are really beautiful and mouthwatering… :)
    I never ever saw these beans.. but i am going to try this with black eyed beans for sure :)
    Beautiful gravy dear.. really :) I wonder how many things will come out if I clear my Pantry and closets :P

  2. Must admit I have never seen this beans let alone using them. But I love using white beans in curries as well which are not really authentic or even button beans. Great things about beans is they take on flavor of spices quite well. Congrats on winning by the way :-)

    P.S. – Love the second picture.

  3. Have not come across these lovely beans as yet. Shall search in my supermarket and make it. Lovely and creamy curry, Tanvi!

  4. this curry looks fabulous!!! i seriously am craving it right now….

  5. Deepa says:

    It’s good that the beans caught your attention in time :-) I love the way you present and write your posts. It keeps me engage for a while. Curry looks delicious

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Never crossed these beans,they looks soo cute…Curry makes me drool,truly rich and nutritious..

  7. I can usually tolerate a mess up until a certain point and then I go on a crazy cleaning spree. So I understand.

    I love love love bean curries and am always looking for new recipes! This sounds delicious.

  8. looks too good, very delicious curry

  9. yellow eyed peas looks beautiful and curry looks delicious. Nowdays i have no control over cluters as little one pull everything and always house looks a mess.

  10. The beans are just beautiful – so unusual. I will have to keep my eyes open and maybe i will run across some. The curry sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  11. I have never seen beans like this, Tanvi. They look really delicious in this recipe. I miss your header. Why is it not up? You had such a beautiful header. :)

  12. Delicious and healthy curry..Presentation and pics are so beautiful.

  13. I’ve heard of Yellow Eyed Beans before, but I’ve never gotten the chance to try it. Wonderful post. I learned something new and I will try something new.

  14. I have never seen these beans before. They look so cute. Love the color of your curry. Beautiful shots.

  15. These beans are new to me but you’ve turned them into such a delicious dish! Love your great clicks too. Congrats on winning those beans…

  16. How unique. I don’t think I’ve ever tried yellow eyed beans before. Sounds like a wonderful recipe.

    Also, thank YOU for stopping by to let me know you’ve tried the Japanese cheesecake and loved it! :) I’m really happy that you did. You’ve made my day!


  17. I have never seen such beans either. You cooked them so beautifully and the color they got is blasting!

  18. Tanvi , this is sooo beautiful , totally and absolutely …..i lovee the way u cooked the beans and the pretty pics too.
    Congrats on the win , u sure won wonderfull beans.

  19. never really seen or eaten this…looks amazing though

  20. Have to looks mouthwatering. I am trying to eat more beans in my life…such a great vegan source of protein!

  21. we are trying to eat less meat during the weekdays, so thanks for this recipe. I have never ever seen these beans before, how unique! I will keep my eye out for them.

  22. great beans new to me, hubby adores dishes like this, thanks for your comment on my last post much love Rebecca

  23. Oh wow, I’ve gotta get my hands on some of those gorgeous beans. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  24. My friends call me neat freak! I cannot stand if something is misplaced!
    The first glazed pot is very very pretty! Did u got it locally or net?
    The recipe is simply awesome!

  25. Thank you so much everyone.I m so glad that u gave me your feedback and thoughts.You guys are the best part about blogging :)

  26. Those photos of yours making me how you presented and made this dish!
    This one is the keeper!

  27. I am always on the lookout for new bean finds, well new anything excites me. Wonderful recipe :)

  28. This recipe looks fantastic and your pictures are gorgeous! I get really anxious when my apartment is cluttered, I don’t like it at all. I have never heard of yellow eyed peas but they look interesting and like a perfect combo with the curry. I am so glad you commented on my blog so I could come explore yours. I will definitely be back!

  29. Yea, I seriously need to organize a lot of my house right now.
    Great looking meal! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  30. First off, fabulous photography! Wow! Second, this looks silly delicious! Bookmarked!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  31. Beautiful photos and a delicious bowl of beans. I never say no to curry.

  32. That looks so good! I’m really enjoying browsing your site. What a discovery!

  33. What a wonderful dish! You need to come here and give me some photography lessons daaaaaahling, your pictures are just awesome!
    *kisses* HH

  34. Lovely photos! Will you please come to my house and assist me in organization? I have two lovely little girls who seem to acquire unnecessary “things” all of the time!

  35. Wow! these are simply gorgeous Tanvi:) i am getting hungry already.

  36. I am a very organized person, and I find that I get stressed when the house is too cluttered. Needless to say, I can relate! This curry looks so delicious. I wish I had a bowl right now. Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a weekend full of love, laughter and great food!

  37. I’ve never made these beans before, nor have I ever tasted them! I can’t believe what I’ve been missing. This dish reminds me of cholee (spelling?) and I love garbanzos so I think I’m definitely going to give this a try.

    I am such an organized person! I cannot stand it when my house is a mess…everything must be in it’s place for me to function properly.

  38. This really sounds delicious and it looks nice as well. Thanks for sharing!

  39. One of my friend made something similar with sweet potatoes and white beans. It tasted SO good. I give yours a try!

  40. I am with you on organization! There are so much “unfinished hobbies” of my husband laying around but we can not stuff it anywhere because God knows when his muse will come and he’ll start working on them!!!
    I have never heard yellow beans before. But your recipe sounds like it would be good with anything I have in the pantry!

  41. Wow, beautiful clicks! Looks and sounds so delicious! My place is pretty un-organised at the moment and am procrastinating :P lazy me

  42. I love love love how delicious this looks! :)

  43. Julie says:

    I just made curry for the first time with this recipe! It came out great and my husband was super impressed. Thanks for a great recipe.

  44. Sarah says:

    Please do the world a favour and NEVER become a cookbook author. This recipe is incredibly difficult to follow, doesn’t indicate any sort of timing for cooking the beans and is just plain confusing! It tastes OK, but I had to improvise a lot of it.

    • Sarah,
      Could you let me know what is it other than the bean cooking time (which is my fault to have not indicated & will update the recipe) you found incredibly difficult to follow ?

      Thanks a lot

  45. Is there a substitute for dry mango powder?

    • Hi Neal,
      Thanks for dropping by. There is no substitute but you can squirt a fresh lemon after the curry is cooked. works fine. Hope this helps.

  46. Hi thanks for the recipe. I just happened to have yellow eyed beans in the cupboard, don’t know where I got them but will be searching for them as the beans curry was a bit hit. So good with crusty bread. I threw all of the ingredients into a slow cooker on low for eight hours and it was perfect.

  47. kelly says:

    will be making this today. I am lucky I can buy yellow eyed beans where I live and they are my favorite.


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