Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Brinjal and Beans in onion tomato sauce

Eversince I switched to a Bean diet(if I can call it that) I am on the lookout for new varieties of beans especially the ones I have never tasted before. The Latin section of most super markets carry a colorful array of beans and that is where I got the Dominican Red Beans, a pretty bean red with specks of white and pink. When cooked they tasted a lot like boiled peanuts. This month belongs to the beloved brinjal for the JFI event - Eggplant - JFI hosted by Sangeeta of Ghar Ka Khana. Found some long baby long eggplants and this Beans and Eggplants recipe was what was going to the JFI. Brinjal can be substituted with Bottle Gourd, Zuchinni and for the beans well the sky is the limit. But no combo tastes as good as this one.

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1. 15 brinjals split in half
2. 1 Cup of Dominican Red Beans Cooked for about 1 whistle (the beans should not fall apart)
3. 1/4 Red Onion Chopped
4. ½ inch ginger grated
5. 5-8 Garlic Cloves
6. seasonigns - methi seeds, curry leaves and mustard seeds
optional - cloves 2 , cinnamon sticks 1/4 inch
7. 1 tbsp Lemon juice.

1. 1/4 Medium Red onion + 5-6 small red onions
2. 2 Red Tomatoes
3. 1 tbsp corriander powder
4. 2 Read Chillies
5. 2 tsp cumin powder

Saute the onions till translucent and add the tomatoes and saute till soft. Add
the powders mix and blend to a paste

1. In a pan heat the oil, add methi seeds, curry leaves and mustard seeds and when mustard seeds starts to pop add the onions and saute till translucent
2. Add the garlic saute for a minute
3. Add the Brinjal and saute till it starts to turn color
4. Add the cooked beans, ground paste and salt.
5. Add a cup of water

Boil till required consistency is reached. Finish with a tbsp of squeezed lemon juice.

Serve with rice or rotis.


  1. The baby eggplants look so cute... must be delicious with beans that taste like peanuts. I had boiled peanuts in South Carolina years ago and have been craving more ever since. Will look for those Dominican beans!

  2. I didn't know about Dominican red beans. Thx for the info!

  3. I am sitting here in strange city drooling over your beby Eggplants!!Gorgeous and I can't wait to get home.
    Check my post Indo!;D

  4. You are nuts about beans , aren't you :)

  5. Linda, they were really cute, if you like boiled peanuts this bean is something you need to taste. DD enjoyed eating the boiled ones very much.

    Suganya, they are very similar to Red Kidney beans but more nuttier.

    Asha enjoy your break! I am trying to figure out what city!?

    Sandeepa that is so true, no wonder I chanced on this nutty tasting bean! Do try it though! I need followers for my bean diet :)

  6. ISG,this looks very good.never heard of dominican beans though.Got to look for it now.It looks like there is nothing in the world which cannot be found in London-it is so multicultural here:)

  7. another bean recipe!!have u cooked with whole tuvar dal?the light green one with skin? tell me, when u saute the onion, does it need a lot of oil ..else won't it turn bitter when u grind it?

  8. I'm dying for that brinjal you have there. It's a different type we have here. Just not the same. :(

  9. I have cooked these dominican beans and they taste good INdo. With baby eggplants it sure must be great.

  10. those baby eggplants look so cute :) the sauce looks yummy, adding those beans must give it a nice texture!

  11. Vini I am sure you will find it any Latin Market/Latin Section of a grocery store.

    Shaheen, What can I say. I have cooked with frozen Tuvar Dal but have never ground them though, I just add them to curries or rice dishes.

    Cooking Ninja! Welcome! I wish you luck in finding thse brinjals, Asian Markets may be? But if you are making this dish any brinjal will work.

    Prema! sure they do taste good right?

    Richa gice it a try you will like it, any type of egg plant will work.

  12. wow this dish looks delicious i am not sure of the beans though. the baby eggplants i love them we do find it here too!

  13. hi indo..that looks like superb thing for rotis ..healthy as well!

  14. Girl! You got me drooling here :)

  15. Ooooh! Looks yummy. :)


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