Multi Beans Spinach Dry Curry

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You know how we buy those small bags of beans, use them for whatever and then have handful of them remaining? And then we wonder what to do with them? That is what happened to me; I had little amount of black eyed beans, red beans, pinto beans, cannellini beans all lying my pantry waiting to be used. And I thought, why not mix them together and make a curry? As the saying goes “Health bhi….taste bhi” 🙂 

So I mixed them altogether, soaked them, cooked them and made this easy, delicious and nutritious Multi Beans dry curry/subzi. You can use any beans of choice and use either the dry or the canned variety; either way it tastes good. Adding spinach is optional, substitute with any other greens of choice. 

Off this goes to MLAA 22 hosted by RuchikaCooks. The MLAA event is a brain child of Susan of  The Well-Seasoned Cook.

OK, now comes the time to vent out my rant. Trust me, I have hundreds of peeves, but this is my number one peeve and I felt I had to get this out. Rant follows; so please feel free to skip this and proceed to the recipe instead. The rant is about the amount of junk mails that is sent each day.

Here in the US, every day (except Sunday) come rain or shine or snow we get these physical junk mails in the post. On any given day we get about 5-10 un-wanted mails; they could be either from credit card companies, banks, mortgage companies, airlines, furniture companies, retailers catalogs etc all trying to lure us to buy their products and each one thicker than the other. As a result every week we have a big pile of mail all junk, un-called for mind you sitting there in a corner waiting to be discarded. We don’t even spend one second of our time, getting lured or attracted by their offers.

“So what is the big deal, why don’t you just toss them out?” You ask. 

Well for one it is the fear of Identity theft, the mails have our addresses and sometimes other information. So we cannot just toss them out. This means I have to spend a good amount of time every weekend, sorting through about 50 envelopes, open them, shred them, bag them and recycle them. It is just a waste of precious time for everybody, all un-called for and not to mention the hundreds of trees that are killed to create those papers. 

Here we the so-called common folks are trying our best to avoid wastage and make the best utilization of whatever is available to us. And then there are these billion dollar companies trying to hoard us with their waste all in the name of advertisement. Enough already! 

I wish we had something similar to the National Do not call Registry, where in we could sign up and not have the companies send us those mails. Or maybe we could have something similar to the AOL Disk collecting and send it back to the company? Just as a way to end the wasteful practice. 

OK I am done. I am sure many of you are in the same boat and would love to hear your ideas.

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  • 1/4 cup black eyed beans/lobhia/chawli (dry or canned) [Note: Use any leftover beans of choice canned or the dried ones]
  • ¼ cup red beans
  • ¼ cup pinto beans
  • ¼ cup cannellini beans
  • ¾ cup chopped onions
  • 3-4 green chillies
  • 1 cup spinach ( washed and cleaned) [use any other greens of choice like methi/dill/coriander etc]
  • 2-3 garlic peeled and grated
  • turmeric
  • Mustard seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice of a lemon
  • Oil


  • If using the dry variety, make sure to soak the beans overnight or for about 8-10 hours in enough water.
  • Drain the soaked water completely and pressure cook the beans using sufficient water. Separate the water completely from the cooked beans. Allow to cool.
  • Take a heavy bottom pan. Add oil and prepare the seasoning with mustard, curry leaves, jeera seeds.
  • Add the grated garlic, onion and green chillies and sauté until the onion turns transparent. Add the chopped spinach leaves, salt, turmeric and mix well.
  • When the spinach is cooked, add the cooked beans to the onion mixture and stir well. Check for taste. Add more salt, chillies if required. Cook for a little while.
  • Finally squeeze the juice of lemon and mix.

Serve hot with rotis/phulkas or with rice.

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  1. Nupur says:

    For catalogs, I send an e-mail to the company saying that I want to be removed from their catalog mailing list immediately, and if they don’t follow my request and I continue to get catalogs from them, I won’t be buying anything from them ever. It works!

    A web search for “how to stop junk mail” will give you many good ideas.

  2. ruchikacooks says:

    True RC, we cant throw out the ones with address due to identity theft, I shred some parts of the mail and throw out the rest..Half the time, more than any personal mails we get junk mails..

    How about sending this multi bean subzi to MLLA? I am hosting it this month..

  3. Spice Rack says:

    your mixed beans curry is a great idea, you are a genius because you know what to do with the remaining beans in your pantry. I also love the dish because it is rich with flavor and it has good herbs and spices from the spice rack. Amazingly delicious dish.

  4. RedChillies says:

    Deesha thanks. Yes anything with beans turns out tasty 🙂

    Nupur thanks for sharing your experience and thanks for the great suggestion. I searched and found some ideas. I will look into it in more detail.

    Madhu thanks, they taste pretty good.

    RC thanks for your experience :-)I will definitely add this to your MLAA event.

    Spicerack thanks for all the warm words.

  5. Mayuri says:

    The curry looks sooooo tempting and so simple to make too, perfect with chappati. Addition of spinach is good idea of increasing the nutrition of the dish.

  6. indosungod says:

    Good way to use them left over beans. The curry looks delicious. The junk mail are pain but the most painful are the credit card solicitations.

  7. aqua says:

    Fortunately, here in SG we do have the option of informing the PO if we wish to opt out of any mailers.

    Great idea to use up assorted beans. I always have a handful of some beans which by themselves are not enough for a curry. Sometimes, I sprout them for salads, but not all of them taste nice when sprouted. Your curry, though, sounds great!

  8. Chakh...le...Re!!! says:

    The dish looks very yummy!!

    I totally agree with you on this issue.
    Coincidentally today only I wasted my half an hour on discarding junk from my house and was discussing with my husband on how can we stop it. Its really a waste of time.

  9. Radhika Vasanth says:

    When I have tons of patience, I segregate the mailers. I keep all the A4 size papers which are printed on one side . Then I fold and tear them into four pieces. This becomes a small booklet for noting down the recipes, shopping list etc….. But otherwise I diligently throw it for recycling.

  10. Usha says:

    The curry looks yum, I know I am definitely going to try this !

    I am completely with you on this junk mail thing, I hate the amount of time and effort I have to do to shred unwanted mail and recycle. And I always wonder about the number of trees, not to mention other resources that get wasted in printing, mailing, shredding and recycling. Pointless exercise, in my opinion !

  11. Soma says:

    I was fuming inside as A spend a lot of time this weekend doing what needed to be done – shredding, ruining a lovely relaxed weekend. your rant makes me feel good in an evil way 🙂 that there are others going thru’ it too LOL

    I love the mixed beans idea. Will apply it next time to my pantry.

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