August 31, 2013

My Legume Love Affair (MLLA) # 62 - The Roundup

It's pretty amazing how bloggers from all around the world churn out scrumptious recipes using just legumes, month after month. Every time I try something new with them, am always left with a want to try some more.  It is like we can never get tired of these pretty little things. :-)

This edition of MLLA features 21 innovative recipes with lovely photography. Read on, show your comment love on the participants, bookmark and try a few, just like I do for every other MLLA roundups. The details of the lucky winners are at the end of the post.

Green Peas Masala by Bini Basheer


Green peas (dried) - 1 cup
Carrot - 1 cup
Onion - 2 (medium sized, chopped)
Tomato (small, chopped) -1
Ginger - garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Green chilly (split into two) - 2
Kashmiri Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Thick coconut milk - 2 cups
Cashew nut paste - 1 tablespoon
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Salt - according to taste
Water - 2 cups
Mustard seeds - few
Fenugreek seeds - few


Wash the dried green peas well and soak it for atleast 12 hrs 
Drain the water and pressure cook them with water and salt for 4 to 5 whistles.
Off the flame and let the pressure release by itself.
Heat oil in a pan/kadai and add mustard seeds and let it splutter.
Add fenugreek seeds and saute for few seconds.
Add the chopped onions and saute till it turns golden brown. 
Add ginger - garlic paste and saute for few seconds till itz raw smell leaves
Add green chilli and saute for few seconds.
Add kashmiri chilli powder, turmeric powder, corainder powder and garam masala and mix well.
Add chopped carrots and saute for few minutes
Add chopped tomatoes and saute till mushy.
Add cashew paste and saute well for few seconds
Now transfer the entire ingredients along with stock from pressure cooker to the pan and mix well.
Add medium thick coconut milk along with curry leaves and mix all the ingredients well.
Check the salt and add more if u want and let the curry boil
Cover and cook for 9-12 mins. 
Add chopped coriander leaves.
Off the flame and serve.
Serve with bhatura, poori or chapati.

Smoky Apple Baked Beans by Johanna

Black Turtle Beans and Pepper Enchiladas by Shaheen

Black Bean Enchiladas by Choclette

Slow Cooker Rajma Curry by Geetha


Kidney beans(Rajma) - 1 Cup
Onions - 1(big) or 2(small)
Tomatoes - 2 big
Green Chillis - 2 
Bay leaves - 1 or 2 
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 teaspoon
Chili powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Ground garam masala - 1/2 tea spoon
Milk cream - 1/4 teaspoon
Cilantro - for garnish
Salt to taste


If you are using dry Rajma/kidney beans, soak overnight and cook the beans in the cooker with some salt for 2-3 whistles. 

In a frying pan, add oil and bay leaf, throw in the finely chopped Onions and fry till they are translucent. When they start turning light brown, add ginger-garlic paste. After 10 minutes of cooking, add the masalas: a pinch of turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder. Mix well. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Transfer the Rajma beans and cook for 5 minutes before transferring the contents to the slow cooker. This dish is very aromatic and tasty when cooked in a slow cooker. After about 3-4 hours, when the dish is cooked, adjust salt, transfer to a bowl, add cream and garnish with Cilantro. Serve hot.

Chickpea Masala by Deepali

Panchmel Dal by Deepika

Here are the winners who were randomly selected for the giveaways -

Deepika is the lucky winner for the Hurst Bean package and Susan's giveaway.
Simona wins the 25$ Amazon giftcard. (my blog anniversary giveaway # 1)
Priti wins the  "The Flavor Bible - The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs" by Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg. (my blog anniversary giveaway # 2)

Hearty Congratulations to all three winners and I will send you an email for shipping address details pretty soon. Thanks to all who participated in this MLLA edition and making it such a lovely legume party!


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  1. That was a colorful roundup Siri.. Congratulations to the winners!!

  2. Wonderful array of tasty dishes, Siri! Sorry I missed it, but am enjoying the menu. : )

    Happy Blog Anniversary!

  3. I love the way you presented the various contributions to the event: thank you! I want to have a taste of all of them right now. And thank you for the gift. Congratulations to the other winners.

  4. That's wonderful roundup ...Congrats on your blog anniversary and thanks for the give way ...

  5. Thank you so much for hosting, its been good. I hope to participate again in September. You are right, you can never tire of these pretty little things.

  6. That's a lovely round-up and I am amazed at how the same Chana can be made so differently by each.

  7. Hey Siri, lovely round up. Can I guest host this event at my space anytime? Please let me know :)


    1. Hi Nupur,

      The details of hosting future editions of MLLA are here - Write to Lisa and she will be able to help you out.



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