Vegan Three Bean Curry

4.82 from 37 votes

Vegan and gluten-free Three Bean Curry. Easy to make, wholesome and good for you!

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Easy and wholesome Three Bean Curry! Packed with nutrients, this curry is vegan, gluten-free and good for you!

three bean curry

Do you guys know it snowed like crazy here in Seattle last 2 days? I have never seen this kind of snow here, almost 8 inches! That might not be a lot for places that get a lot of snow usually but for a place like Seattle which hardly gets any snow, it was a lot! And as expected everything just shut down. Schools were closed, hubby couldn’t go to work and I had to even cancel my doctors appointment. But I have to say, it looked so pretty! Absolutely beautiful and I felt like I was in winter wonderland.

Because obviously it was that cold, I had to opt for comforting food and for me there’s nothing more comforting than this Vegan Three Bean Curry! It’s wholesome, delicious and good for you and is made easy using Hunt’s Tomatoes.

You guys know I grew up eating beans and lentils of all kind. It’s a staple in north Indian diet and we ate it every week. They are really filling, nutritious and good for your heart too, which remind me that February is Heart Health month. I am all about eating food which is good for your heart and beans just fit into that category. They are rich in fiber, potassium and help in reducing cholesterol and blood pressure which obviously means that you need to eat them for a good heart health. And while talking about heart month, Hunt’s is donating $50,000 to the American Heart Association this month. I think that’s such a great thing, we all need to do as much as we can to promote heart health. And since I am food blogger, I will do my bit for this cause and share with you this healthy vegan three bean curry recipe.

To make this vegan three bean curry, I used 3 kinds of beans & hence the name! The beans that I used were – black beans, kidney beans and white beans. You may use pinto beans or even chickpeas would be great here. I have used some very basic spices here along with Hunt’s Fire Roasted tomatoes, which I picked from my local Walmart. They are my absolute favorite, I love the little spice kick they impart to the dish. Don’t forget to take advantage of the ibotta offer and SAVE $1 when you buy 4 Hunt’s canned tomatoes!

I have not used a lot of coconut milk in this recipe, just very little. Traditionally coconut milk is not even used in North Indian curry recipes so I just added little for the taste. If you love the coconut flavor, feel free to add more. And now let’s see how easy it really is to make this curry.

 

Method

Heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them crackle.

Then add chopped onions, green chili and saute for 2 minutes or till onions turn translucent. You may add little salt to the onions while frying them.

Add grated ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or till the raw smell goes away.

Add Hunt’s canned tomato to the pan. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Then add salt, curry powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala and mix. Cook the spices with the tomato for an additional 3-4 minutes.

Stir in the 3 kinds of beans and mix. Cover the pan and let it all cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.

Add water, coconut milk and stir to combine. Adjust salt at this point.

Let the curry simmer for 5 more minutes and then add chopped cilantro.

Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

Serve this vegan three bean curry hot with rice or any bread of choice!

Which is your favorite healthy and “good for your heart” recipe? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments section below.

* Adjust the consistency of curry to preference. Add more water or coconut milk for a thinner curry.

* Adjust spice levels to taste.

 

I found Hunt’s Tomatoes and all the fresh produce that I used in this recipe at my local Walmart!

Vegan Three Bean Curry

4.82 from 37 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
Vegan and gluten-free Three Bean Curry. Easy to make, wholesome and good for you!

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated garlic
  • 1 green chili chopped
  • 1 medium red onion chopped
  • 14 oz can of Hunt's Fire Roasted Diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup black beans canned, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans canned, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup white beans canned, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1-1.5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • juice of half lemon

Instructions 

  • Heat oil in a pan. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  • Then add chopped onions, green chili and saute for 2 minutes or till onions turn translucent. You may add little salt to the onions while frying them.
  • Add grated ginger and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes or till the raw smell goes away.
  • Add Hunt's canned tomato to the pan. Stir and cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Then add salt, curry powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala and mix. Cook the spices with the tomato for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the 3 kinds of beans and mix. Cover the pan and let it all cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add water, coconut milk and stir to combine. Adjust salt at this point.
  • Let the curry simmer for 5 more minutes and then add chopped cilantro.
  • Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.
  • Serve this vegan three bean curry hot with rice or any bread of choice!

Nutrition

Calories: 213kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 628mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 840IU, Vitamin C: 17.9mg, Calcium: 53mg, Iron: 3.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Entree, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Asian
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Vegan Three Bean Curry


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56 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Outstanding and easy to prepare. I’ll use a bit more garlic & curry next time to fine tune the flavor profile a bit to our liking, but this is great as is!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved this and the fact that is vegan so full of flavor. My brother also made this after I shared it with him and he loved it too. Looking forward to trying out more of your recipes. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Love your recipes, made so many! Wanted to comment that I couldn’t find green chillies that are typically used in Asian cooking, so I researched a bit and used serrano instead. It worked perfectly! Used about half of a serrano, sliced thinly, and it gave the curry a delicious warmness. Thanks for sharing these recipes with us

    1. Thanks Paige! yes serrano work well. And you can find thai chilies which are used in Indian cooking at all Indian grocery stores!

  4. 5 stars
    Manali this was DELICIOUS .. super clean and healthy ingredients that smell so fresh and make me feel like I’m nourishing my body with super healthy natural foods . I love layering on the flavors . I also sautéed in water to keep things healthy . I used trio chilli beans from a can to make it super easy and server alongside Quinoa to keep it as healthy as possible . I also love cilantro so I chopped up a whole bushel . This is one of my faves i make it weekly . So happy to have discovered ur cooking !! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh this is SO good!!
    I left out the oil, because I water sauté my veggies. I left out the green chilies because I don’t like my stuff too spicy. And I had to leave out the coconut milk because I didn’t have any and I was too hungry to wait! (Added extra water as needed) This is so delicious!! Trying to incorporate more beans into my diet. I will definitely make this again! Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe, I tried making it and it tastes fantastic 🥰
    I am thinking of adding some carrots dried fruits to put a sweet note to it, what would you recommend?

  7. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious. Best curry I’ve ever made. The last one was too hot and needed yoghurt. I served this with quinoa. My lemon was small so I used a whole one. I didn’t know how much green chillies to put in. I could only get the canned variety so I put in two tablespoons and that was just right. Thank you.

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe. Tried for the first time today and myself and 1 year old daughter loved it. Will make again.

  9. 5 stars
    Hi Manali,
    I just want you to know that I make this incredible recipe at least once every two weeks. I love how simple it is! It’s perfect for when I come home late from work and I want to make a simple healthy and delicious meal. You totally delivered with this recipe!

    – Don from Tampa

  10. 5 stars
    Hey Manali, I took the hard way and cooked the beans myself… now I know that black beans need longer to cook than mung and azuki beans :))) (I changed the beans from your recipe) but other than that, it’s a very yummy curry. Such a feast for vegan taste buds! Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    We are also eating through our dried bean stores here in NJ as we avoid all enclosed spaces that are not the inside of our apartment.

    I used some unknown white beans from a North Carolina farmers’ market my mother brought me last time she visited NJ (which I plan to visit myself once this crisis passes) and had the rest of the ingredients on hand. I do admit to using the only garlic left in the house which is my stock of “black garlic”. Thank you for this sub-continent soul food. It’s exactly what I need to keep on another day.

  12. 5 stars
    Hello from Aberdeen, Scotland! We’ve made this tonight as we’ve been living on beans since the Covid-19 lockdown. It was absolutely delicious!!!!! Thank you for inspiring our taste buds ?

  13. I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how delicious I think this recipe is. I have made it SO many times for my non- vegan partner and friends and they all adore it as well! I love how versatile it is too, I usually swap the 3 bean mix for chickpeas and add potatoes. The leftovers are also the best! Thank you for sharing your magical curry with us all!! ❤️

  14. 5 stars
    Easy to make and very delicious. My dish was mild probably because the green chile I used was mild. Easy to adjust the heat with a little crushed red pepper flakes when I served it. Lovely aroma and and very satisfying meal. We will be making this again soon.

  15. 5 stars
    I made the curry tonight. It was delicious! As suggested, I used more of the coconut milk and less water. I’m allergic to citrus. I improvised with sour salt (citric acid) as a substitute. It worked!

  16. 5 stars
    Excellent vegan, quick meal. I just whipped this up and it’s fantastic! Will make again and experiment with new ingredients but keep the ‘sauce’ or liquid base.

  17. 5 stars
    Made this last night for dinner, it’s so good and easy that i’m making it again tonight! thanks for the recipe

  18. This looks delicious! Can’t wait to make it tonight. I’m vegetarian and always looking for healthy recipes that use turmeric. I stumbled on this one, and will now follow your blog. Thank you!

  19. This is delicious. I soaked some beans this morning to add to Chile Verde but had problems getting decent tomatillos so looked for a curried bean recipe. Found your recipe. I had all the ingredients so whipped it up. WOW YUMMY! And I’m not even vegan or vegetarian. THANK YOU!

  20. Since I’m looking for ideas this looks like what I’m going to cook for dinner tonight!! So perfect for winter and healthy too.

  21. Say what? 8″ of snow is a lot…and that’s coming from someone who lives in upstate New York where it snows a decent amount. 🙂 (In fact, it’s supposed to snow again tomorrow…) I agree that fresh snow is incredibly beautiful. And it makes you want to hunker down and eat some comfort food…like this 3-bean curry! This sounds and looks delicious, Manali! Enjoy that snow. Go make a snowman!