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Monday, August 15, 2011

Recipe for Indian Spiced Beans

A few months ago I saw a couple of mentions of the Secret Recipe Club but didn’t really have time to look into exactly what it was all about.  Until now.  How it works in a nutshell is you sign up to join and are assigned a different blog each month (from another participating blogger).  Once you receive your assignment, you choose any recipe to make from that blog.  The secret part is that participating bloggers don’t know who is cooking from their blog or what is being made until the assigned day. 

Today is the day, and I am featuring a recipe from the blog Beantown Baker.  Jen is the author and lives in Boston with her hubby and two cats.  She loves to bake as you could probably guess but also features other recipes on her blog.  Since Mr. ELEB and I are still trying to recover (ie lose the weight we gained) from our (not so) recent SF/NY/Atlanta trip, and because I’m trying to cook more Indian food, I chose this interesting bean recipe rather than one of her delicious sounding desserts.  However, I’d encourage you to check out Jen’s blog for some decadent cupcakes!

Yield: 3 servings
Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves


  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over med-high heat.
  • Add onion and sauté until translucent.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and garam masala.
  • Cook for one minute. 
  • Stir in the beans, tomatoes, ginger, and salt.
  • Simmer for fifteen minutes. 
  • Pour in coconut milk.
  • Heat until warmed.
  • Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

This is a great, quick recipe for when you want something flavorful but easy to put together, especially if you are on an Indian food kick like I am!  I stayed pretty true to the original recipe.  I used cannellini rather than pinto beans but as Jen noted, any bean will work.  I also omitted the small amount of sugar in the original recipe, used fresh instead of ground ginger, and used light instead of regular coconut milk. 

Check out all the other recipes that were made as part of the Secret Recipe Club.  I can’t wait to see what someone picked to make from Eat Little, Eat Big!  

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