Monday, May 27, 2013

How to make Lima beans curry - Indian style | Side dish for Roti

I never seen or used to cook this Lima beans before. I used to see it in local markets but never bought them until I saw the post in our blogger friend Premas blog When I saw the post with the Lima beans picture, I remembered that I have seen these beans before and last weekend when I went for shopping without a next thought these beans. I cooked the same way as described in the Premas blog with a very slight change (see notes) and it was a hit in our family. So here is the recipe for Lima Beans Curry... 

Lima beans Curry Recipe: 


Preparation time: 15 min | Cook Time: 20 min | Serves: 4
Recipe Category: Side dish | Recipe Cuisine: South Indian

  • Lima beans - 1.5 cups ( Fresh or canned) I used fresh.
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion - 1 big 
  • Tomato - 2
  • Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 3/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut - 2 tbsp (grated) + 4 tbsp water
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Salt - 3/4 tsp ( or as needed )

1. Remove the seed from the fresh lima beans and through the skin. Wash the seeds and keep ready.
2. Make a paste with coconut and keep it ready.
3. In a pressure cooker, add oil and when hot add the cumin seeds.
4. When the cumin seeds splutter, add in the onion, ginger garlic paste and salt. Saute till, the onions becomes translucent.
5. Add in the tomato and saute well.
6. Add in the chilli powder and coriander powder.
7. Add the coconut paste and stir well.
8. Now addin the fresh lima beans and mix it. If you need add little water for cooking at this stage.
9. Add the garam masala and give a stir.
10. Close the lid and pressure cook it for 2 whistles. When the pressure went down, open lid and check whether the beans is cooked. By this time, the oil would be leaving the sides.
11. Serve hot with Jeera Rice or any roti.

1. Added the ginger garlic paste, to increase the spiciness and to get little ginger taste
2. The original recipe, goes with grinding of coconut with garlic. Since I used the ginger garlic paste, I just added the coconut paste. 

31 lovely comments:


Lima bean curry looks yummy.


I lov Lime beans and this curry totally out of box and super good attempt...


i just love fresh lima beans.. delicious curry..

Rafeeda AR

yummy curry...

Sangeetha Nambi

Super tempting dish and clicks !

Vimitha Durai

I have seen this but never tried it. will try soon.. gravy looks perfect for chapathis


looks so spicy and delicious...mouthwatering curry...

Shama Nagarajan

tempting curry

Nava K

I have seen the beans in the supermarket I go to but never bought neither cooked it. Now at least I know what to do with the beans. This spicy and yummy curry will receive a big clap from my family members. Will try out soon.

Menaga Sathia

Best side dish for roti,looks yumm...


Looks yummy n tempting:)n nice clicks.


looks fantastic !

Gajus kitchen

looks yum..esp love the last click

FewMinute Wonders

Looks delicious Akila. I dont use lima beans in my cooking. I will now buy it inspired by your recipe.


Hi Akila, your lima bean curry look very inviting and delicious. Your pictures is excellent, very well taken.

Have a great week ahead.

Indian Beauty Zone

Lovely picture and healthy tasty recipe :)


Love this curry with lima bean


Anything with coconut should taste yummy :-) And this looks good.

Manav Singhi

Looks Yummy. . . . :)

have a nice day!

Divya Shivaraman

wow...this curry looks amazing


I will try this recipe.. we get varieties of beans here..

Shabitha Karthikeyan

Looks too good to resist.


Nice recipe..


Very neat clicks, love the masala

Sum Raj


Mouthwatering dish and lovely presentation!

helathy n delicious curry.


looks nice and delcious.never tried lima beans before but now I will surely try it ..


I've not thought of lima beans in a curry, but it looks like a good one to try. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. :)


Hey Akila, this curry looks tasty!! I think i'll try this version...


I have been following your blog for a long time and this is my first time commenting, I really love your recipes, especially Indian recipes. I tried a few and they are good. I will keep coming back to check out your newest recipes.

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