Chora Naryal Waru Saag (Red Cow Peas Coconut Curry)

Red Cow Peas Coconut Curry

Red Cow Peas Coconut Curry

Chora (or chori) beans are a good source of protein and have a mild and nutty flavor. You can also used red kidney beans in place of the red cow peas. I buy these beans at my local indian grocer.

RecipeChora Naryal Waru Saag

Also known as: Red Chori Saag, Adzuki Bean Coconut Curry, Red Cow Peas Coconut Curry

Categories: Main Dishes; lentils

Accompaniments: Plain Boiled Rice

Servings: 4


  • 1 cup red cow beans (also known as chora, chori, adzuki beans)
  • pinch of baking powder (soda bi-carbonate)
  • 1/2 tsp salt for boiling
  • water as needed
  • 4 Tbsp oil, divided
  • 1/2 medium-sized onion, finely diced
  • 2 dried red chillies or fresh green chillies (optional)
  • 1 cinnamon stick (1 inch long)
  • 1 cardamom
  • 1 clove
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup coconut milk (I use canned coconut milk)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • handful of cilantro leaves for garnishing


  • In a large bowl, fill warm water and add the baking soda. Add the beans to the water and let them soak overnight (6-8 hours).
Before soaking

Before soaking

After soaking

After soaking

  • Drain the water.
  • Boil water in a medium-sized pot, add 1 tsp salt. Bring to a boil, add the beans and 2 Tbsp oil.
  • Boil the beans till tender, about 25 minutes. Drain the water.
  • In a clean pot, heat the oil. Add the whole spices and cook for 30 secs.
  • Add the onions and whole chillies.
Fry onions

Fry onions and spices

  • Fry till the onion is starting to brown.
Carmelized onions

Carmelized onions

  • Add the tomato puree, garlic paste, salt, red chili powder and turmeric.
  • Fry till the oil separates from the tomato mixture.
  • Add the beans and mix into the tomato mixture. Let this cook for a minute.
Adding the beans

Added the beans

  • Add the coconut milk and bring to a slow boil. Do not cover pot. After 5 minutes add the lemon juice and cilantro.
Added coconut milk

Added coconut milk



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