White and Red Kidney Bean curry with spinach


Its National Curry week next week from the 10-16 October and my blog has lots of vegetarian curries you can create this week.  I am sharing this quick and easy recipe using ingredients readily available in most Supermarkets.   For those of you who can’t get spices easily  checkout Tyga a company that provides subscription order spice boxes for various Indian dishes to allow for easy, efficient cooking of tasty traditional meals at home.   For those of you who like to enjoy a beer with their curry, may I recommend Kingfisher Beer?

Cannelloni beans also known as white kidney beans.   For this recipe, I mixed the white and Red Kidney beans as they are both are full of protein and taste really great together. They are available ready boiled in tins as well 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 any kind of beans such as the butter beans or  black eyed beans.  I love them best cooked as a curry with a slightly sweet and sour taste.  I added some frozen spinach to this curry for a change.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 1 can of white (cannellini) beans (240 gms drained weight)
  • 1 can of red Kidney beans (240 gms dries weight)
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 cups of pasatta
  • 2 tbls cooking oil (I used sunflower oil)
  • 1 tsp whole cumin, 2 small pieces of cinnamon, 3 small cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp dhana jiru (mixture of coriander and cumin powder)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tbls lemon juice
  • 1 tbls jaggery or brown sugar
  • 1 small bunch of coriander and some curry leaves.
  • 2 fresh green chillies


1. Heat 2 tablespoons cooking oil and add the cumin seeds, cloves and cinnamon and allow the cumin to cook until it looks dark.

2.  Add the red and white beans, the frozen spinach and the spices  – turmeric, salt and dhana jiru  to the oil and stir so that the oil and spices coat the beans and spinach.  I used Taj’s frozen spinach which is available in Asda but you can use any.p1220195

3.   Add a cup of water and cook  for 5-7 minutes.  The spinach mixes in quite quickly and blends in well with the beans.p1220196

4.   Add all the lemon, jaggery,  garlic, curry leaves and pasatta to the mixture and stir.  Allow this to simmer for 5-7 minutes. Add a teaspoon of garam masala and transfer the curry to a serving dish.p1220201 p1220199

6. Serve the curry hot with rice.  p1220207


If you don’t have red kidney beans, you can also use black eyed peas and make this Two bean curry and spinach in a tomato sauce

And if you don’t white kidney beans you can make this kidney bean and sweetcorn curry,

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Disclaimer: I got samples of Tyga spices and Kingfisher beer to celebrate the Curry week.