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.
- 1 can Rosecoco beans (note that the can is 400 gms and once drained you will be left with 2 cups of the beans)
- 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 chilies
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- small bunch fresh coriander
- 1 tbls lemon juice
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- Open the rosecoco beans can and drain the salt water it comes in. Rinse the beans with cold water.
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 chilies. Add half a cup of water.
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.
4. Garnish the curry with coriander or fresh green chilies. Serve this hot with any rice. We cooked saffron rice.
How do you cook your Rosecoco beans? Do share your recipes.
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