Creamy Mung and Adzuki Bean Curry with Coconut

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Red adzuki and green mung beans never get neglected for too long in my kitchen. Sweet and earthy, both of these beans are quick to cook up, easily digestible, and serve as a simple but tasty base for Indian curry spices and seasonings … what's not to like? This curry has both beans simmered in a gently spiced coconut milk and tomato gravy. Served over a hot bed of fresh cooked white rice, it's an easy and delicious meal for any day of the week.

Creamy Mung and Adzuki Bean Curry with CoconutCreamy Mung and Adzuki Bean Curry with Coconut
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Cuisine: Indian
Published on September 19, 2016

Simple, flavorful and easy-to-digest green and red bean curry simmered in a spiced coconut milk and tomato sauce

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  • 1/2 cup dried whole mung beans
  • 1/2 cup dried adzuki beans
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • small handful of dried curry leaves, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 2 green chilies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili powder, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchoor (dried mago) powder (optional)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • Rinse the mung and adzuki beans and soak in enough water to cover for 6 hours or overnight. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat the oil in a medium to large saucepan over medium-high heat. When hot, add the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and curry leaves. Cook until the seeds begin to splutter and pop. Toss in the asafetida, reduce the heat to medium, and immediately toss in the onion. Cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add the ginger and chilies, and fry for another minute. Add the spices, stir for 30 seconds, and then add the tomato. Cook for another 5 minutes to thicken.

  • Add the drained beans, water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the beans are tender, about 50 minutes. Add more water if necessary for a thinner curry.

  • Once the beans are cooked, add salt to taste and serve hot with fresh cooked white rice.

Makes 4 to 6 servings
Mung Adzuki Bean Curry

Other adzuki bean recipes you may enjoy from my kitchen:
Mustard Roasted Adzuki Beans with Urad Dal
Roasted Carrot and Azuki Bean Salad
Coconut Lime Rice with Adzuki Beans and Mango
Yunnan Stir-Fried Azuki Beans and Green Pepper

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