Indian Spiced Beans

I’m always on the lookout for a quick and tasty meal. Bonus points if it makes good leftovers. I made this one day for lunch when I was working from home and I knew it would be an instant hit. Since that random Thursday a few weeks ago, we’ve had this probably 5 times. The smell of garam masala blooming in a pan sends my mind straight to Indian food, which is a favorite in our house.

This meal comes together in a snap and it perfectly hearty for these long winter nights without being too heavy. I serve it over brown rice and used pinto beans the day I took this picture, but you could use whatever beans you have on hand. Since it calls for a 1/2 can of coconut milk, I just double the recipe and portion it out into single servings and freeze some for an even quicker meal in the future.

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Indian Spiced Beans

Yield: 2-4

Ingredients:

1 large onion, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 can pinto beans (any kind of beans would work here)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves

Directions:

Saute onion in oil. When the onion becomes transluscent add minced garlic cloves and garam masala. Cook for one minute or until the spices become fragrant.

Add beans, tomatoes, ginger, sugar, and salt. Let it cook for about fifteen minutes.

Pour in coconut milk. Heat until warmed. Add cilantro just prior to serving.

Recipe adapted from Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness

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11 Responses to “Indian Spiced Beans”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — January 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    This does look easy and the ingredients seem really flavorful! I love simple meals like this that have a lot of flavor and make great leftovers :-)

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    Melissa — January 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I love Indian Food! I totally agree about the smell of garam masala cooking!

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    Daisy — January 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    sounds like a delicious easy meal! Great to see you and hubby last night!

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    Mom-in-law — January 11, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    BB – what is garam masala? What spices are in it (maybe I can recreate with what I already have).

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    In and Around Town — January 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Looks like an easier dinner made a bit more fun with the Indian twist!

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    Jen — January 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Mom-in-law: I buy garam masala at a small Indian market near our place. I did a quick Google and came up with this recipe.

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    Bridget — January 12, 2011 at 4:15 am

    I love garam masala!!! It’s one of my favorite ingredients.

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    We Are Not Martha — January 12, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Yum! I love Indian food and this is a great way to make it at home without a whole lot of work. And pretty healthy, too :)

    Sues

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    Robo Stir — January 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    These Indian spiced beans look great! Thanks so much for the recipe.

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    Michal Najman — January 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

    This will be cooked in Prague today with minor modifications :) (Occhio beans..)

    • beantownbaker — January 7th, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

      Oh fun! I hope you enjoy them.

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