Butter Beans Curry

Butter beans (often called Lima beans) are full of protein and taste really great.  They are available as dried beans which need to be soaked in cold water before cooking.  The best way to boil them is in a pressure cooker as it is quicker.  I have always been very fond of butter beans and love them best cooked as a curry with a slightly sweet and sour taste.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 cups of boiled butter beans.. If using dry Butter beans, you need to soak them overnight before boiling them until soft.
  • ½  a can of crushed tomatoes ( you can used fresh tomatoes too)
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 1 teaspoon dry cumin, 2 small pieces of cinammon, 3 small cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • ½ cup of plain yogurt
  • 1  tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons jaggery or brown sugar (optional)
  • 1 small bunch of coriander and some curry leaves.
  • 2 fresh green chillies


1. Lightly warm the cumin in a wok or saucepan until you get the lovely cumin fragrance.
2. Add the 2 tablespoons cooking oil to this, add the cloves and cinammon and allow the cumin to cook until it looks dark.
3. Add the garlic, curry leaves and tomatoes to the mixture and stir.
4. Add all the spices, lemon and jaggery to the tomato mixture.( save the yogurt until the butter bean curry is cooked completely)
5. Cook all the ingredients until the tomatoes go soft and homogenous.
6. Add the boiled butter beans to the mixture and cook for a further 10 minutes on a medium heat.

7.   Now add the yogurt and stir the curry for a couple of minutes until it’s all blended together.

8.   Remove the butter beans curry to a serving dish and sprinkle it with some chopped onions, green chilies and coriander.
 9. This curry should be served hot with rice or any of the Indian breads.
  • Butter beans curry looks delish perfect with rice.

  • delicious curry….

  • Mouthwatering here…simply superb and tempting curry….

  • Love the color of your curry. Never cooked with butter beans before, but they look so tempting.

  • curry looks wonderful…thankq meena for sharing such a superb curry with us
    Super Yummy Recipes

  • Beans curry looks so delicious and thick. Wonderful preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  • PJ

    A very delicious curry Mina.Looks very tempting..

  • PJ
  • Curry looks out of the world,inviting dish..

  • Butter beans curry looks awesome.. love the addition of yogurt..


  • Hey Mina,

    Lovely recipies. Being someone who’s been away from home for a long time, I guess I’ll keep coming back to this space for help with cooking. 🙂

  • yummy curry & I am drooling here, want some rice or roti to taste it..

  • Robert

    Would love to see a post with an authentic chai recipe.

  • Sounds lovely, especially with the dollop of yogurt!

  • Hi Mina, this dish sounds yummy. I have never tried butter beans in a curry before, I’ll give have to give this recipe a go! Cheers for sharing

  • Sona S

    Such a delicious and healthy curry with butter beans.. Pressure cooking adds more flavor to the beans.

  • Linsy Patel

    is it vaal? or something different? I love this as khatta mitha with phulka

    • Linsy – These are bigger than vaal and kidney beans. Very similar taste and you can make them khatta mitha as well.

  • The experimenter

    This is really delicious and simple to make. Thank you so much. Will it make a difference to the taste if I use less oil to fry?

    • MinaJoshi5409

      It shouldn’t make much difference as you will be adding tomatoes to make a sauce. I made something similar with just a tiny amount of olive oil for my son and he liked it. The taste will be in the spices.

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