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Butter Beans Kurma

Butter beans is a good source of protein, fiber, iron and vitamin and regular intake is good for vegetarians. As it is low calorie legume, including butter beans in our diet helps control hunger and maintaining a healthy weight. Butter beans can be used to make sundal or poriyal, add in curries or pulao and soups. Today I'm sharing an easy South Indian style kurma with butter beans.

Kurma is one our favorite side dish for roti/chapathi. Butter beans have a creamy texture which goes well with the onion, tomato and coconut gravy. I have used canned ones since I couldn't find fresh or dried beans here. This kurma goes well with chapathi, poori, rice and even with dosa and mild pulaos. Try this butter beans kurma and let me know how you like it. Also check out my chickpeas kurma.


{ Butter beans cooked in a onion-tomato, coconut and spices gravy  }
Yields 24 square pieces


1 tbsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1 large onion, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp sambar powder
1 ½ cup cooked butter beans
Salt to taste

To grind:
⅓ cup grated coconut
1 tsp roasted gram / pottukadalai
½ tsp fennel seeds / sombu
3-4 green chillies
2 garlic cloves
½ inch ginger piece


1. Grind coconut, roasted gram, fennel seeds, green chillies, garlic and ginger to a smooth paste adding little water.

2. In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When it crackles, add curry leaves and onion. Fry the onion till soft and translucent.

3. Then add the tomatoes and fry till they become mushy. Add turmeric powder, sambar powder and fry for a minute.

4. Now add the ground paste and saute for 5-6 minutes or until the masala has cooked and raw smell is gone.

5. Add 1 ½ water, butter beans, salt and mix well. Pressure cook for 1 whistle in medium flame.

Serving Suggestion ~ Roti/chapathi or rice.

Notes and Tips
  • I have used canned butter beans, you can also use fresh or dried ones. If using dried ones, soak them overnight.
  • You can add ¾ tsp coriander powder and ½ tsp red chilly powder instead of sambar powder.
  • Adjust the amount  of green chillies according to your spice preference.
  • You can also cook this in a kadai. Instead of pressure cooking for 1 whistle, simmer for 8-10 minutes.


  1. kurma is all time favorite ! looks stunning esp the cute blue bowl.

  2. Yummy kurma!! Looks so delish and picture perfect!!

  3. Beautifully presented....

  4. lovely recipe. Korma looks delicious.

  5. Delicious looking kurma.. Protein packed and healthy one!

  6. Lovely clicks. Delicious and healthy butter beans kurma.

  7. They are a fav in my home!!! Looks very delicious!

  8. healthy side dish for chapathi love it!!!

  9. kurma looks delicious... as usual, beautiful presentation...

  10. Love the texture of butter beans and this kurma is an amazing way to use them:) Great recipe!

  11. Looks very tempting, surely try gravy

  12. I hated butter beans as a child but have grown to love them, good to know another recipe for them.

  13. Nice side dish for rotis and pilafs, delicious kurma..

  14. Yummy kurma, perfect combo with chapathi

  15. Looks very yummy dear.. Lovely pics too

  16. Healthy and delicious looking kurma.. Nice pics..

  17. Delicious and nutritious butter beans kurma.. Love the South Indian touch!


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