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.
Recipe: Chora Naryal Waru Saag
Also known as: Red Chori Saag, Adzuki Bean Coconut Curry, Red Cow Peas Coconut Curry
Accompaniments: Plain Boiled Rice
- 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).
- 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 till the onion is starting to brown.
- 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.
- Add the coconut milk and bring to a slow boil. Do not cover pot. After 5 minutes add the lemon juice and cilantro.