Spinach beans curry/Stew

Aubergine limabean Curry2


This curry/stew is inspired by mom and tried with few variations.  It is basically several spices ground with coconut and then simmered with beans (Avarekalu) but here I used different bean to get similar taste.

Health Benefits:

Lima beans, also known as butter beans, are legumes that are a great source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and protein. They have a wonderful buttery, starchy texture and are quite filling.

  • Yields-4-5 servings
  • Preparation time-30 minutes
  • Soaking time-6-8 hours
  • Cooking time-20 minutes


  • Dry bean-1 cup
  • Small eggplant-3 (cubed)
  • Chopped spinach- 1 cup
  • Chopped onion-1 small
  • Salt- to taste
  • Oil-2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds-1 tsp
  • Curry leaves-2 sprigs
  • For masala/ grinding:
  • Oil-2 tsp
  • Roughly chopped onion-1medium
  • Grated fresh coconut-1/4cup (alternatively desiccated coconut can be used)
  • Ginger-1 inch
  • Chopped Green chillies-4-5 (adjust as per the spice preferred)
  • Cumin seeds- 2 tsp
  • Coriander seeds-1 tbsp
  • Turmeric-1tsp
  • Cinnamon-1inch stick
  • Cloves-3-4
  • Fresh cilantro/coriander- a handful +for garnishing


Preparation step:

  • Wash and soak the beans for 6-8 hours/over night. After soaking time drain and set aside.
  • Now in a pressure cooker add 2 cups of water, soaked and drained beans and cook for 4-5 whistels.
  • Wait until the steam escapes before opening the lid.
  • Meanwhile prepare the masala for the sambar/stew.

For masala:

  • Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cinnamon, clove and saute for few seconds or until fragrant.
  • Then diced onion, green chilles, ginger and fry for 2-3 minutes/until onion is translucent. Take off the flame and allow it to cool a bit.
  • Once the mixture cools down transfer to the mixer/food processed along with turmeric, coconut, coriander and grind to a smooth paste by adding little water.

For the stew/sambar:

  • Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan- add mustard seeds, as it splutters add curry leaves, add onion, cubed eggplant and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add chopped spinach and ground masala and continue to cook 4-5 minutes.
  • Add cooked bean with water,salt, stir well and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until reaches desired consistency. (if the consistency is too thick add extra water or if it is thin cook for some more time to attain the desired consistency).
  • Once cooked- turn off the flame. Garnish with some fresh cilantro/coriander.

Aubergine limabean Curry1

Serve hot with

Ragi, Oats and Barley Mudde

Ragi balls3


Dill Roti final1


  • Spices can be personalised as per the taste.
  • Consistency can be made either thick/thin by adding extra water and simmering longer makes the stew thicker.

About Chitra Jagadish

My passion for Cooking & love to explore healthy recipes. This blog is a result from it and am here to share 'Recipes for Healthy living'...Its all about 'FOOD and HEALTH'

Posted on September 27, 2015, in Indian and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 45 Comments.

  1. I will try this one, it looks very delicious: -)

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  2. This stew looks really good, Chitra–mom’s recipes are always the best! 🙂


  3. Oooh this looks lovely. “Down south” where I grew up we had the small green lima beans and a much larger flatter version, yellow-white version we called butter beans. Two very different flavors, but I loved both. This dish is very appealing– a new way to make them for me. Huge hugs!


  4. Very nice to share your mom’s recipe! lovely

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  5. Mr. Militant Negro

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  6. This is such a yummy combo! Love this one dear. super delicious

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  7. The weather is so perfect for this stew. Love the color and delicious.


  8. Very healthy stew with curry!

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  9. Very healthy recipe! 🙂

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  10. Beautiful presentation, as always

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  11. Looks delicious!!

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  12. Loaded with lot of good healthy stuff.love the stew color.. Perfect for the weather C:-)

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  13. This looks amazing…could make with tinned butter beans to avoid soaking

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  14. Delicious


  15. This is such a beautiful stew, Chitra! It must taste so flavorful with all of those spices. It is nice to have family recipes. They are so comforting.

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  16. Looks fantastic Chits ❤ ❤ ❤

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  17. I love lima beans and this curry with spinach sounds delicious, Chitra.

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  18. Fantastic ☺☺☺☺


  19. This looks amazing Chitra! Your photo makes me want to dive right in!

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  20. Wonderful picture and lovely colors! I’m sure it was delicious!

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