Lusaka Bean Curry

Howdy folks! 😊

With all the stocking up we’ve been doing due to the Corona virus outbreak, I found I had an excess of beans and other dry foods. With the beans, I decided to make something different. A spicy, bean curry! 😋 This dish is an Indian-inspired recipe, so if you’re a fan of Indian food and/or spices, this is for you! 😊

I used a local, yellow bean we call ‘Lusaka beans’ seeing that its largely found in Lusaka. That, and the fact that it’s one of my favorite beans actually. You can have this dish with rice, and any flat bread. I promise you’ll love it!

So, here’s the recipe…Let me know how it goes 😊

Lusaka Bean Curry

Recipe by LubayaCourse: MainCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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  • 500g Yellow Lusaka Beans

  • 3 Cloves of Garlic

  • 1 Red Onion

  • 3 Green Onions

  • 1 ripe Tomato, grated.

  • 1 Green Pepper

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Garam Masala

  • 1 Teaspoon Tumeric Powder

  • 1 Teaspoon Cumin powder

  • 1 Teaspoon fresh Ginger

  • 1 Teaspoon smoked Paprika

  • 1 Teaspoons Salt

  • 2 Teaspoons Tomato paste

  • Fresh Coriander

  • 3 Red Chilies (optional)


  • Start by sorting and washing the beans in cold water. 😊
  • I cooked mine on a charcoal brazier, so I transferred the beans to a saucepan, filled it halfway with hot water. You could also cook this on the stove top, or use a pressure cooker. 😊
  • Cook the beans until tender, but still maintaining their shape. 😊 At this stage, I transferred the pot to the stove top at this stage.
  • Here’s a quick shot of the aromatic vegetables that will go into this dish. 😊
  • Cut up the Onions, Garlic and Ginger. If you’re using fresh Ginger, do not exceed the 1 Teaspoon, as it can be a bit overpowering. 😊
  • And also finely dice the Green pepper and fresh Chili (if using). 😊
  • In a deep pan, start by frying all the vegetables in the oil, and then add in the spices after about 5 minutes. Combine well.
  • Next, add in your grated tomato and tomato paste, and allow that to cook for another 5 minutes. 😊
  • Once everything comes together, add in some fresh Coriander and fold that in. 😊
  • Then, start transferring the beans to the pan and mixing it in with vegetable mixture. 😊
  • Once combined, allow the curry to cook and come together at low heat for about 10-15 minutes. 😊
  • After that, the curry is done and ready to serve! Garnish with some avocado slices – which you can eat, if you went with the hotter version of this dish. 😊
  • You can also serve this with some chapatis and plain rice. Enjoy! 😋😊

After reading to the end...what do you think? :-)