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Monday, June 22, 2015

Pinto Beans Curry

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Today I am going to share yet another recipe of shelled Fresh Pinto Beans. This is my second blog posting on Pinto Beans. My first pinto beans recipe - Fresh Pinto Beans, Green Masala Recipe - Chitra Rajma Recipe. 

The pinto bean is a variety of the common bean. These common beans are scientifically known as Phaseolus vulgaris.

Pinto beans are medium-size, oval-shaped beans with a beige background strewn with reddish brown splashes of color. Pinto beans are also known as Chitra Rajma (Chitri-wale Rajma), Printed Rajma. Pinto is the Spanish word for "painted." When cooked, their colored splotches disappear, and they become a beautiful pinkish color with a delicious creamy texture.

Pinto beans are a very good source of protein, cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber , vitamin B1, and vitamin B6 and minerals like copper, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. Pinto beans help stabilize blood sugar levels. 

Today's recipe is one pot recipe. .  I am going to use pressure cooker for this recipe preparation.

⬇Let's get started 

⬇Recipe details 

⚫Category: Vegetarian 
⚫Course: Main Course 
⚫Cuisine: Indian
⚫Technique: Pressure Cooking
⚫Difficulty: Easy 
⚫Serving: 2
⚫Prep Time 15 min
⚫Cook Time: 20 min

⬇Ingredients required 

✴350 g Fresh shelled Pinto beans
✴ 1 onion (roughly chopped) 
✴4 garlic cloves
✴3 Medium size Tomatoes
✴1 Handful coriander leaves
✴3 Green chillies, finely chopped 
✴1tsp tamarind pulp
✴1tsp turmeric powder
✴1tsp coriander powder 
✴ 2 red chili powder
✴ 1tsp garam masala powder
✴1 tbsp cooking oil 
✴ Salt to taste


♦Step 1 Mise en place 

♨Rinse and Soak pinto beans in water for 10-15 minutes.

♨Onion - Peel and roughly chopped

♨Garlic- Peel and chopped 

♨Coarsely grind following ingredients : Fresh coriander leaves, tomatoes, green chillies. Keep aside until called for.

♦Step 2: Cooking Time

♨Heat one tbsp cooking oil in the pressure cooker, add chopped onions, saute for 3-5 minutes on medium flame until translucent.

♨Add garlic and saute for a minute or two. 

♨ Add coarsely grind paste and saute for 5-7 minutes.

♨ Add pinto beans and saute for a min or two. 

♨Add coriander powder, red chilly powder and turmeric powder , tamarind pulp and salt to taste. Mix well and then add 3-4 cups of water. . Pass over the pressure cooker lid and allow 5-6 whistles and then let it get cooked for 2-3 minutes on slow flame. 

♨ Open the pressure cooker, check whether beans are cooked by pressing it with a fork to ensure if it is prepared well. Adjust the water consistency as per your need.. Add garam masala powder and garnish with coriander leaves. Delicious Fresh Pinto Beans curry is ready to dish out. Serve hot with plain steamed rice..


  1. I LOVE beans, I LOVE curries, and I am a die hard fan of beans curry! Deepa, this curry looks so gorgeous and delicious and intriguing! Ahh! That perfect pairing with rice, what else would I need on this Monday! Yummy! :)

    1. Hi Anu,
      Good Morning dear. Thank you so much for this very beautiful and endearing words.. You know Anu, I feel truly blessed because these fresh pinto beans are easily available to me and a big thanks to our bhajiwala, who deliver seasonal fresh veggies at our doorstep..

  2. wow, this is all i need this summers. Very flavoursome and inviting :)
    I am too a huge sucker of pinto beans :)

    1. Hi Shewta,
      Thank you so much dear. I'm so glad you liked it!!

  3. I love beans curry Deepa, this looks so flavorful!!

    1. Hi Manali,
      Thank you so much dear. :)

  4. This looks well made pinto beans curry SUPERB! Thanks for this excellent recipe.

  5. This a so delicious beans recipe, pinto beans curry is looking incredibly scrumptious. Nice shate

    1. Thank you so much Priti..Good to see you dear, appreciate your lovely comment. :) will call you today.Mom has given regards to you ;)

  6. Anu RamchandranTuesday, 23 June, 2015

    Lovely presentation, Looks so comforting and YUMMY Pinto Beans Curry!

    1. Hi Anu,
      Good morning dear. Thank you so much dear for all ur love and support:)

  7. One of my favorite common beans recipe. It looks delicious and beautiful!

    1. Hi Miti,
      Thanks dear, welcome to my space. . Appreciate your lovely feedback. :)

  8. Such beautiful presentation, Deepa!! I love the sound of this curry, so many amazing flavours and I love it's colour! I've never tried pinto beans in a curry before, but it sounds so delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Harriet,
      Good morning dear. Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. I hope you enjoy it!! :) lMuch appreciated.:)

  9. such a delicious recipe to try and i will definitely try it out. i buy my rajma and other pulses from here you even can consider this.farmer uncle offers great quality products.

  10. this is so good. i will share this on my website here cheers!