Chora Tarela (Fried Red Cow Peas Tomato Curry)

Chora Tarela

Chora Tarela

An easy recipe that comes together quickly. Red kidney beans can be substituted for the red cow peas.

RecipeChora Tarela

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

CategoriesMain Disheslentils

AccompanimentsPlain Boiled Rice, Rotli

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
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 dried red chili or fresh green chili (optional)
  • 4 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 3/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder (or to taste)
  • 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 dried red chili/green chili if using.
  • Add the garlic paste and let it fry for a couple of seconds, then add the tomato puree, salt, red chili powder.
  • Fry till the oil separates from the tomato mixture and the mixture darkens slightly.
Oil separating from tomato mixture

Oil separating from tomato mixture

  • Add the beans and mix into the tomato mixture.
  • Add 1/4 cup hot water.
  • Cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes on low heat for the beans to absorb flavor.
  • Stir in lemon juice and chopped cilantro before serving.



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