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Kidney Bean Curry

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Kidney bean curry is one of my favourite veggie curries.

Kidney Bean Curry

Kidney Bean Curry

I believe this is a Punjabi recipe though I’m not one hundred percent sure. One thing I do know is that it’s really good. It reminds my a lot of chili beans which I used to make all the time when I lived in California. There I used pinto beans which work really well too.

This is a healthy curry but you’d never know. I like it quite spicy and use about three fresh naga chilies. If you are not sure about the heat, leave the chilies out or just use one. You can always add more later.


Kidney bean curry is great served as a side dish or main course


The nice thing about this simple currie is that it can be made in less than half an hour. The flavours are quite complex so no one needs to know that you didn’t stand over your stove all day.


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Yield: 4 - 6

A Low Calorie Kidney Bean Curry

A Low Calorie Kidney Bean Curry

I like to make this curry with pinto beans. You'll get a different flavour that is equally as good. Kidney Bean Curry goes very well with pilau rice or naans.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 x 400ml Kidney beans
  • 1 large onion - blended to a paste with a little water
  • 3 tablespoons ghee or olive oil
  • 1 large tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1 large tablespoon ginger paste
  • 250ml passata (or 250ml tinned tomatoes blended)
  • 1 - 3 finely chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Freshly chopped coriander to serve


  1. Heat the ghee or olive oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Pour in the onion paste and fry for about 15 minutes over medium high heat until it is quite dark brown in colour.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger pastes along with the chopped chillies and stir to combine.
  4. Pour int the passata a bring to a bubble.
  5. Now add the garam masala and cumin powder and cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce is quite thick.
  6. Pour in the kidney beans and continue cooking until heated through.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the chopped coriander to serve.

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Sunday 26th of June 2022

hi i am planning to do this curry tomorrow? what do you mean 2 x 400 ml kidney beans? does this mean two cans. thanks

Caroline Toombs

Monday 4th of July 2022

Yes - 2 cans but this is not an exact science so maybe use what you have. Thanks Dan


Thursday 21st of April 2022

I meant 'and healthy' not 'me healthy '......stupid auto correct!!!


Thursday 21st of April 2022

Just cooked this one dan, nice curry, me healthy! Great recipes as always, keep them coming Jim

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 26th of April 2022

Great to hear, thank you for letting me know. Dan

Christine Baughan

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

This is so easy to make and really delicious. A new favourite.

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Great to hear, thanks very much. Dan

Dan Toombs

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Thanks very much, great to hear. Dan


Monday 14th of July 2014

Just made this.....I normally am a meat curry guy but decided to give it a go. Added sliced mushrooms to give it some body, but all in all....a success! Thanks Dan.... a great and healthy veggie option.

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