Thursday, March 26, 2009

Adzuki Beans with Swiss Chard

This is one of my very favourite recipes, and I love to make it on winter evenings. Once cooked, adzuki beans are very creamy and with the addition of a green almost resemble a thick hearty soup!! They absorb seasoning very well yet retain their own particular taste. This recipe will go well with Indian style flat breads, as well as any freshly baked wheat bread. We love it with Basmati rice.
Ingredients :
1 large bunch swiss chard
2 dried red chilies
1 cup adzuki/red chori beans, soaked overnight
6-8 curry leaves
3 green chilies
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp urad daal
1/2 tsp cumin
Salt to taste
3 peppercorns
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup grated coconut

  1. Drain the soaked beans. Pressure cook them in 2 cups of water and no more than a pinch of salt.
  2. While they cook, wash the swiss chard, separate from the stem, and chop the leaves fine. Mince the green chilies.
  3. Process the cumin seeds, garlic and peppercorns. Then add the coconut to this mix with turmeric.
  4. Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, throw in the dried red chilies, urad dal,and curry leaves.
  5. Allow the urad daal to turn light brown, then add swiss chard and green chilies. Stir and cook for around 4-5 minutes or untill the swiss chard has wilted.
  6. Next add the adzuki/red chori beans with a cup of warm water. Bring to boil, and then allow to simmer for 7-10 minutes.
  7. Stir in the coconut mix and continue cooking on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes till the beans are mushy and the curry has thickened.
  8. Serve hot with Basmati rice.
We are lucky enough to get greens throughout the year, and though I often prepared adzuki beans with fresh spinach, I adore the taste of these beans with swiss chard. Do try it and let me know what you think!! This lovely dish goes out to Laurie @ Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska. Laurie is hosting My Legume Love Affair - Ninth Helping this March!! MLLA of course is a well-loved monthly event created by Susan @ The Well-Seasoned Cook!!

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  1. Great combo, looks good! :)

  2. Good and so healthy. I can smell the aroma of ur dish here.

  3. Too healthy and delicious! ; }

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  5. Adapting recipe to suit the pantry and will serve on a rainy winter evening in Sydney

  6. This looks very healthy to me, totally a new recipe and a must try version.

  7. Apu,
    I tried this swiss chard azuki beans curry..loved it with both rice and chapathi..i've put a picture in my blog


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