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Lima Beans Curry

 Published 2007-Nov-24   Updated 2017-Nov-27

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Butter Beans Curry, Moccha Kottai Curry, Vaal Beans Curry)

Recipe For Lima Beans Curry


  • Baby Lima beans (butter beans) - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1(finely minced)
  • Tomato - 2 (crushed or pureed)
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Green chili - 1
  • Turmeric - ¼ tsp
  • Chilly powder - ½ tsp
  • Coriander /dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Channa masala/ Chicken Masala - ¼ tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Ghee - ¼ tsp
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - ¼ tsp
  • Coriander leaves - for garnishing


  1. Soak lima beans for at least 5-6 hours or overnight. Baby lima beans tastes better than big ones.
  2. Wash the beans and cook them with water and salt until the beans become tender. If pressure cooker is used the beans should be done in 1-2 whistles. If left longer, the beans will become mushy.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and splutter cumin seeds. Next fry the chopped onions and green chilies until the onions become translucent.
  4. Next add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw smell vanishes.
  5. Add the crushed tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes till everything blends and forms a nice masala.
  6. Add turmeric powder, chilly powder, coriander powder, channa masala/ chicken masala powder and saute for a minute.
  7. Now add the cooked lima beans along with the water in which the beans was cooked.
  8. Let the gravy simmer for 5-10 minutes until everything blends together.
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and add the ghee on top.


  • To add a south Indian touch to the gravy, fry some grated coconut, grind it into a fine paste with some water and add along with tomatoes.

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Comments (10)

Person   ()
Hi Dahlia,
If I were to use frozen lima beans then how much quantity will I use for this recipe or frozen lima beans? Please advise. Thanks
Person   ()
I am guessing it wold be the same quantity...
Person   ()
i love your husband and i have realised we eat too much meat and so want to try delicious vegeterian dishes...i dont know what baby lima beans are here in kenya..other options? thanks you so much..shiz
Person   ()
You can substitute with any dry beans.
Person   ()
Sounds good, but I can't make this dish because you don't explain what chana masala is; please explain your terms in future. I've been doing Indian cooking for years and have never heard of this.
Person   ()
Its a spice blend that is available in any Indian grocery stores. Any brand of channa masala or chicken masala powder can be used. Another option is to use garam masala powder.
Person   ()
I used the tiki masala powder in place of chanamasala and husband from south India loved it, nite add a bit of salt to your beans and 4-6 dry curry leaves to the finish gravy... much more flavorful...
Person   ()
Thanks for sharing your feedback.
Person   ()
Great with 2 tablespoons of coconut, I had the dry coconut powder,which makes coconut milk with added fluid. I mashed onion and tomato mix after cooking the added tomato 5 min later, it made a restaurant quality taste! 5 stars!
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