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Gadra Borlotti Bean Curry

A delicious vegetarian curry cooked with fresh Barlotti Beans
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: barlotti bean curry, bean curry, gadra bean curry
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup fresh barlotti/gadra beans
  • 1 tbsp melted ghee or cooking oil
  • 1 onion finely sliced
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks
  • 2 small bay leaf
  • 1 star aniseed
  • 1 sprig curry leaf
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1 tspn ginger/garlic paste
  • 1/2 tspn ground coriander
  • 1/2 tspn ground cumin
  • 1/4 tspn turmeric
  • 1/4 tspn ground fennel seeds/soomph
  • 1 tbsp masala
  • 1 tspn Kashmiri chilli powder (optional)
  • 2 small roma tomatoes blanched and grated
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cut into large cubes
  • salt
  • water


  • Heat ghee on a medium heat and add cinnamon stick and star aniseed. Once fragrant add bay leaf, onion and curry leaf. Saute until onion is slightly brown
  • Then add the ginger/garlic paste. Fry for a minute and then add all the spices and fry for at least 2 minutes. Add a few drops of water if required.
  • Add the beans, season with salt and mix well. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes
  • Add a cup of water. Cover and cook until beans are soft. You can add a little more water during cooking time if it dries out.
  • Add the potatoe and more water if required, another half cup Add another half cup and cook on a low heat. Please note the amount of water required depends on how much gravy you want and also depends on how fast or how soft your potatoes cook. Some potatoes cook really quickly and therefore you have to ensure your beans are soft before adding in the potatoes and be careful not to add too much water. If your potatoes are a more firm and takes longer to cook you may require more water as the longer the cooking time the more the gravy will reduce.
  • Garnish with coriander


  1. If you want to speed up the cooking process you can boil your beans until it's tender and then cook it. However, you will then cook the potatoes first and then add the beans
  2. You can also parboil your potatoes, especially if you living at high altitude and it takes longer to cook