Thursday, July 26, 2012

Butter beans masala

These beans in yellow pods is locally called as butter beans. but it is different from lima beans. I cooked these butter beans and fell in love with it. Thanks to my sis Anu, for giving me this easy butter beans masala recipe.

These beans gets cooked fast. no soaking needed, this sounds like a big relief. isn't it! just cook for 2 whistles if cooking in pressure cooker. if over cooked, they turn mushy, so be careful on it. These butter beans can be made as sundal or it can be added in kurma. it can also be added with other vegetables and made as poriyal.

I clicked pictures of these beans, so if anyone knew, what it is called in tamil, tell me. it will be of great use.

                                                             Butter beans masala

serves: 2
preparation and cooking time: 30 - 40 minutes


  • Butter Beans - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1
  • Tomatoes - 2
  • Garlic - 2 cloves (minced)
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Corriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard - 1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 1 sprig
  • Chopped corriander leaves - 1 tbsp
  • Salt and water as per needed.

To roast and grind:

  • 1/4 cup of grated coconut
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • 1 tsp of jeera
  • Water - less the 1/4 cup


  1. Wash and pressure cook the butter beans in 1/2 cup of water with a bit of turmeric powder and salt. pressure cook upto 2 whistles. it gets mashy if overcooked.

  2. Heat a pan and dry roast the coconut, red chillies and cumin one by one. let them cool and grind into a fine paste with little water.

  3. Chop the onion and tomatoes finely. mince the garlic and set aside.

  4. Heat a pan, add oil, then put the mustard and let it splutter, add minced garlic and curry leaves, saute them in medium flame.

  5. Add the chopped onions and saute till it turns translucent. put in the tomatoes and let it turn soft and get mashed. add salt to taste, turmeric powder, chilly powder and dhaniya powder and mix well.

  6. Now add the grounded masala and cooked butter beans and mix well with the masala. add water as per the consistency you require. i prepared in semi-gravy form and we loved it.

  7. Add the chopped corriander leaves and let the masala boil in slow flame for about 4-5 minutes and remove the masala from the flame and transfer to a serving bowl.

  8. Butter beans masala can be served with chapathi or rice.


1. I used dry coconut(kopparai) instead of fresh coconut, yet it turned out tasty.

2. Use fennel or cumin to grind, depending on what you like.

3. Add green chilli or increase chilly powder to make it more spicy.


  1. i love butter beans, kidney beans and the likes ! :). Make this curry in similar way but withiut the coconut part!. Nice twist.

  2. My fav veggie...curry looks super tempting. Next time will try this way, Nice clicks too! Love the polka dots towel very much!

  3. I like butter beans, kidney beans and the likes!, make it a simple way without the grinding part. This is a nice twist! :)

  4. This beans is my most fav one. though we get here sometimes this is very expensive. My mom adds in biryani.
    Super flavorful masala with butter beans. nice presentation

  5. Beans are also my favorite vegetables. Delicious looking curry.

  6. Nice recipe dear..never used butter beans yet! Will try this recipe sometime..

  7. Delicious recipe,lovely clicks...

  8. Looks very tempting. Love to have this one with puries....

    I blog @ Manidipa's Kitchen

  9. I am salivating here.. very delicious curry

  10. Wow!! what a lovely Butter beans masala,i like it,and thank you for a color combination dud..........

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  11. Am yet to try these butter MIL uses it more often and I like the recipe. Lovely clicks!

  12. This is really interesting…

  13. This is really interesting…

  14. This is my fav kootu all time.. nice..


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