Rosecoco beans curry (Borlotti beans curry)


Rosecoco Beans (also called borlotti beans) are normally found in their dried form.  Their deep pink colour skin is flecked with beige and brown spots. They need to be soaked overnight and cooked until soft. Once cooked, they look very similar to peanuts.  Cooking them in a pressure cooker saves time.  If you are in a hurry, you can get these pre boiled in cans in some supermarkets.


  • 2-3 cups of boiled Rosecoco beans (note that this is the cooked/boiled amount.  you will need only one cup which when soaked will double).
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes/canned tomato or passata (I used a mixture of fresh tomatoes and passata)
  • 2 tsbls oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 small sticks of cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbls jaggery
  • 1-2 fresh green chillies
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  •  small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 tbls lemon juice
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic


  1.  Once the rosecoco beans have boiled in plenty of water- drain and  rinse out the water as it will be discoloured.  Allow them to cool.


2.  Heat the oil and add in the mustard, cinnamon and cloves.  As soon as they stop popping, add the tomatoes.  If you are using fresh tomatoes, make sure that you remove the outer skin.  To do this, make a slit in the tomatoes and cook them for a couple of minutes in boiling water.  This will loosen the skin.  Immerse the cooked tomatoes in cold water and peel off the skin.  Then chop the tomatoes into small pieces. Once they are added to the oil, stir them and cook until soft. Now add all the spices – salt, turmeric, chili powder, jaggery, lemon juice, half the coriander, ginger, garlic and green chillies.  Add half a cup of water.P1210862

3.  Once it is simmering, add the boiled rosecoco beans and stir. If your gravy feels too thick you can add some water.  If the gravy feels too watery, you can add blend a teaspoon of chick pea flour (besan) with the gravy in a cup and add it to the curry.  This will thicken the gravy.P1210864P1210870

4.  Garnish the curry with coriander or fresh green chillies.  Serve this hot with any rice.  We cooked saffron rice. P1210875


How do you cook your Rosecoco beans? Do share your recipes.

  • This looks yummy! I never heard of Rosecoco beans, where can I find it? I have an Indian grocery store nearby, would it be there? What is jaggery? A spice? Thanks for sharing.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Canned Rosecoco beans are available in most supermarkets in UK. If you can’t get them where you live you can substitute them for kidney beans. Jaggery is made from sugar cane and its sweet but not like sugar. It always reminds me of fudge. You can use brown sugar in place of jaggery.

  • Phoenicia

    This curry dish looks delicious. I can almost taste it!

    I am happy to eat a vegetable curry once it is well seasoned. Indian cuisine is my favourite after Jamaican food!

  • I have never heard of rosecoco beans before. This recipe looks really great and the ingredients list is simple. I may try this with another type of bean since I’m not sure where to find the rosecoco variety. I love curries!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Erica – just kidney beans or even black beans.

  • I am not familiar with rosecoco beans but after looking them up think I should try them. The spices in this recipe sound very flavourful. I’d not heard of jaggery either and had to look that up too. I think I should be able to find both at a nearby Indian store. If I do, I will be making this recipe.

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Hope you are learning something new from my recipes!! You can substitute Rosecoco beans and use kidney beans and use brown sugar instead of jaggery.

  • Catarina Alexon

    Rosecocco beans curry looks and sounds delicious. Just worried it could be the same beans that are used for a Swedish dish that I absolutely hate. Hopefully not and if it is that they taste different when used in a curry.

  • I must add my name to the others who have said they never heard of rosecoco beans. It would be helpful if you could give an example of an alternate, maybe kidney beans? The closest our stores come to having ingredients for Indian cuisine is curry powder. It does look yummy though!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      Canned Rosecoco beans are available in most supermarkets in UK. If you can’t get them where you live you can substitute them for kidney beans.

  • Rosary Natania

    I love curry and I haven’t been able to find a decent restaurant that serves authentic curries here in Indonesia. I might just have to make my own, thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • MinaJoshi5409

      I would have thought that Indonesia must have some great curry restaurants.

  • Chinwe

    Never had Rosecco beans before but it looks yummy. Can I use kidney beans?

  • Hi Mina, like everyone else I’ve never heard of rosecco beans but since I can use kidney beans and brown sugar in place of the jaggery it is definitely a recipe worth trying. I do love Indian food but there is no local Indian restaurant so it’s nice to know I can make my own.

  • Rosemary Griffith

    This looks so yummy (the beans look like Pinto beans) that I’m off to check the pantry for supplies. I forwarded it to my husband–he’s the cook. I love the blends of spices, Mina.

  • William Rusho

    Lately, since my health declined, I have had to learn how to cook myself. Before I was just heating up pre-cooked food.
    I will try this, it sounds good and my doctor says I can eat as many different beans as I want. thanks for sharing it with us.

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