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Borlotti bean which is also called as Cranberry bean  is delicious cooked in soups, stews, Salads, Sundal, Kurma. A firm texture and sweet, nut-like flavor makes this bean a favorite. In US you may find Borlotti/Cranberry beans under a different name depending upon where you live. In India it is also called as Butter Beans, I know here the butter beans are different so somehow, the vegetable names vary from place to place.  
The sundal with this beans particularly this masala  tastes so so delicious and is our favourite too.. A Bean sundal, Paruppu keerai( Greens with dhal), Rasam and Curd.. mmmmmm..... A delicious and very comforting meal.  Here goes the visual treat....


Borlotti Bean - 2 cups
Onion - 1 chopped finely( Shallots tastes so good)
Tomato - 1 medium sized
Curry leaves - few
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric - little
Lemon juice - 1/4 tsp ( just for taste)
Coriander - chopped finely for garnishing( more would taste better)
Oil and salt accordingly

For Masala Paste:
Green Chilli - 4 or 5 increase if you need more spicy
Saunf - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1 1/2 inch

Grind the above to coarse paste.

Method :
1. Once the beans are removed from the shell, wash it and pressure cook by adding 1/4 water and salt for 4 whistles.( No of whistles depends on your cooker).
2. Now heat oil in the pan, add mustard.  Once it is spluttered, add Urad dhal.
3.Once it is light brown add the onion,  the masala paste, curry leaves, Asafoetida, followed by tomato and Turmeric.
4.After the tomato is cooked well other other ingredients, add the cooked bean.
5. Mix well so that everything has to blended well, add salt and lemon juice.  Mix it well.
6. Switch of the flame and add the coriander leaves.

Note :

You can substitute this bean with any other bean or channa(Black or white) according to your choice. But cooking the Bean or Channa in pressure cooker depends accordingly. 

Ingredients :

I used Amaranth - 2 cups
Toor dhal - 1 handful( pressure cooked with little turmeric)
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Urad dhal - 1/2 tsp
Red chilli - 5 broken
Coconut - 1 tbsp
Oil and salt

Method :
1. Throughly wash the greens, drain and chop it.
2. Heat the oil in the pan, add mustard and urad dhal.
3. Now add the red chillies.
4. Add the chopped greens sprinkle little water , close with the lid only 3/4th otherwise the color changes.
5. Once the greens is cooked add the cooked dhal, salt and coconut, mix well.
6. Put off the flame, here you for healthy Greens for Your comforting meal!!!
Note :
You can substitute amaranth with spinach or any Indian greens.


Ingredients :
Toor dhal - 1/4 cup cooked with little turmeric
Tamarind pulp - 1 1/2 tbsp ( adjust according to your taste)
Rasam Powder - 1 tbsp
Chilli powder - 1/4 tsp ( my rasam powder has no chilli powder in it so I add seperately)
Tomato - 1 small
Curry leaves - few
Cummin - 1/4 tsp
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Garlic - 1 crushed
Pepper powder - 2 pinches
Asafoetida - little
Coriander leaves - for garnishing( You can add the stalks of coriander in hot rasam to get nice aroma)
Salt and oil for seasoning

Method :
1. Dilute the cooked dhal with 1 1/2 cup of water.
2. Add the tamarind pulp, tomato, rasam powder, chilli powder, add salt.
3. Let it boil for few minutes and you can see the quantity of rasam is little reduced and the foam is cleared little bit.
4.At this time in a pan heat oil, add mustard, cummin followed by crushed garlic, Asafoetida, curry leaves and pepper powder.
5. Once the garlic is slight brown color add this to the rasam and close with the lid immediately.
6. Now add the coriander leaves that is chopped and some coriander stalks.  This also give nice taste, aroma to the rasam.


1.  The sourness and spiciness can be adjusted according to your taste.

Hope you all enjoy my simple comforting meal.  Have wonderful Weekend !!!!

Veggie Belly  – (October 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM)  

ive never tried borlottis before, i love this fusion dish!

chef and her kitchen  – (October 14, 2010 at 11:56 AM)  

Yummy Sundal dear....the meal looks very tempting!!!

Satrupa  – (October 14, 2010 at 12:18 PM)  

Ahh what a lovely meal ...... luv all the dishes. Cute clicks too ....

Cheers n Happy Cooking,

Pushpa  – (October 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM)  

Delicious healthy meal...Yum!

Pushpa @

Finla  – (October 14, 2010 at 12:46 PM)  

I have these beans here at home, but have never made with spices,i am sure gonna try them like this.

aipi  – (October 14, 2010 at 1:07 PM)  

that looks like an amazing meal.. very new n interesting recipes.. the beauty of blogsphere we get to learn so many new things everyday..very nicely done n presented Pavithra!

US Masala

My Kitchen Antics  – (October 14, 2010 at 1:44 PM)  

keerai looks inviting enuf for me 2 try it

Anu Nandu  – (October 14, 2010 at 1:47 PM)  

Aaahhhh Pavi - super saapdu. Inikke kalambi varen. I love the little beans - they look like they have little smiley faces on them. And the sundal looks refreshing! Super ah irrukku - love the little molaga too!

Santosh Bangar  – (October 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM)  

healthy and fullmeal with nutrition value beans looking temptingon the whole i like ur pic very much what is the secret pl tell me i can't get nice pic

VineelaSiva  – (October 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM)  

Pavitra yummy sundal one of my favourite.And amazing clicks.

Cool Lassi(e)  – (October 14, 2010 at 3:03 PM)  

I have fond memories of this bean. And mom always made Kurma with it whenever I visit her in NJ. I don't get it where I live but its available at farmer's market near mom's house. Yummy meal!

Unknown  – (October 14, 2010 at 3:30 PM)  

heavenly meal...wonderful combination of all, have used the beans in kurma...would love to try ur version!

Unknown  – (October 14, 2010 at 4:28 PM)  

Yummy meal Pavithra. Love the pink hue in the beans..

Unknown  – (October 14, 2010 at 4:35 PM)  

Wow, indeed its a lovely meal...count me in, he he. Loved all and the pictures are too good, inviting:)

Unknown  – (October 14, 2010 at 4:59 PM)  

Delicious platter..Drooling over your pics, Pavithra..

Sangi  – (October 14, 2010 at 5:01 PM)  

Healthy n delicious meal.. love the cranberry bean sundal..

Love2cook Malaysia  – (October 14, 2010 at 5:37 PM)  

Great presentation Pavithra!!! I just love to say ur name! hehehe ;)

Pass me everything there...:)

Nitha  – (October 14, 2010 at 7:36 PM)  

Wow.. thats a great set of delicious items..

Unknown  – (October 14, 2010 at 8:59 PM)  

Hi Pavithra,

Looks yummy..beautiful clicks..


Nithya  – (October 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM)  

Wish I can have them all for lunch :) yummy :)

FewMinute Wonders  – (October 14, 2010 at 11:16 PM)  

I was looking for the comment box and then I figured out that you have posted all of them together. Love rasam with keerai anytime.

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (October 15, 2010 at 12:29 AM)  

very yummy platter. this beans we used to call as butter beans and i love to add in mom makes curry out of this and this is absoutely a great combo for rasam rice.
keerai recipe sounds nice and simple.

Unknown  – (October 15, 2010 at 12:29 AM)  

A treat and a yummy healthy meal..havent heard abt this sundal looks so tempting

Hamsi  – (October 15, 2010 at 2:04 AM)  

Healthy and delicious recipe collection as a meal. I loved the Borlotti bean curry and super clicks.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekeran,

Priya Suresh  – (October 15, 2010 at 4:04 AM)  

Wat a healthy and droolworthy spread, cranberry bean sundal looks absolutely yummy Pavi..

Sandhya Hariharan  – (October 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM)  

Yumm and such a brief post...
thanks for sharing pavithra..

Do visit my space whn time permits.

Sandhya's Kitchen

Raks  – (October 16, 2010 at 6:57 AM)  

Lovely looking sundal,have not yet cooked cranberry bean,bean itself look so pretty :) Lovely clicks,pretty basket ;)

PJ  – (October 16, 2010 at 10:58 PM)  

What a coincedence! i just picked up some cranberry beans today, sounds perfect and love your photo.

Anju Rathore  – (October 26, 2010 at 8:28 PM)  

these are all very new to me nice. dishes made with all kind of beans are always a healthy choice.

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