Curried Adzuki Beans


Curried Adzuki Beans

Growing up in India, adzuki beans were a staple in my mom’s kitchen. I love them because they have a firm texture and nutty flavor. I’ve had trouble finding them in the U.S., though, until I discovered Bob’s Red Mill, and I am so thankful I did! Curried adzuki beans with basmati rice is a super-easy and delicious weeknight dinner for us.  

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup dried red adzuki beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 red onion (peeled, thinly sliced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 cup tomatoes (chopped, pureed)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)


  1. Turn instant pot to saute setting and add oil. 

  2. After about 1 minute, add cumin seeds and wait until seeds begin to sizzle.

  3. Add red onion, garlic, and ginger, and saute until soft and wilted. 

  4. Add powdered cumin , turmeric, nd powdered coriander and stir well.

  5. Add pureed tomatoes, adzuki beans, salt, and 2 cups water.

  6. Cover instant pot and hit cancel, then set to beans/chili mode and cook for 25 minutes.

  7. Remove cover and stir in garam masala powder and lime juice.

  8. Serve with steamed rice and garnish with cilantro.


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  • Olivia

    If I don’t have an instant pot can I just do it on the stove with the same measurement? Thank you!

    • veggiecurean

      NO worries. If you don’t have Instant Pot here are modifications to be made. Soak beans overnight (or for 4 hours at least) in ample water. Drain and set aside. Follow the recipe in a large pot and cook in 3 cups of water for 40 minutes to an hour. Add more water if needed. Enhoy. This is a great recipe.

    • Dina Spari

      I did not see when to put in the turmeric? I simmered mine on the stove for an hour and the beans weren’t even close to being done. I’m going to try for two hours of stove simmering.

      • veggiecurean

        Apologies, tumeric powder goes in with powdered cumin and powdered coriander. And re cooking on the stove. Did you soak the beans overnight or 4 hours? I will cook them again this to double-check and report back. Best, Shihka

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