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Adzuki Beans Masala

Adzuki beans (pronounced as azuki beans) are pretty looking tiny grains with a beautiful burgundy color. They have been grown for many centuries in countries like Japan, China and India. They are not just rich in proteins and carbohydrates but are so easy to digest in comparison to other beans. Adzuki beans are pumped with folate, zinc, iron, magnesium, proteins and fiber. It is also becoming a favourite among health freaks as 1 cup of adzuki beans has more soluble fiber than pinto or black beans.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine North Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 can (15 oz) Adzuki beans
  • ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 or 2 cups water
  • cup thick coconut milk
  • ½ lemon's juice
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped


  • Heat oil until they smoke a bit. Throw in the curry leaves and saute for 30 seconds, let it crisp up. Then add onions and little salt and let it brown, approximately 10 minutes on a medium flame.
  • Add the minced ginger and garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Sprinkle turmeric, chili and coriander powder and cook till the raw smell disappears. Meanwhile, prepare a fine tomato paste using a smoothie blender and mix in the tomato paste and pour 2 cups of water and cook approximately for 20 minutes covered. Finally add the cooked adzuki beans, coconut milk and stir to mix well. Cook covered for 5 minutes on medium-low flame to let the spices simmer with the beans.
  • Pour the lemon juice over and garnish with garam masala and cilantro. Stir to combine and serve hot with rice/ roti.


1. An ideal side dish for South beach diet phase 1, 2 and 3
2. Since it has low glycemic index, my adzuki beans curry can be eaten during gestational diabetes and by those who have type 2 diabetes.
3. Also perfect dish to eat with chapati or tortilla for those who are on a weightloss journey.
Keyword Adzuki Beans Masala
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