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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vegan Black Lentils with Kidney Beans from "The Indian Slow Cooker"

Sabut Urad (Black Gram) and Kidney Beans to make Sabut Kaali Dal aur Rajmah.

The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes
The Indian Slow Cooker Bookby Anupy Singla

Yet another winner from Anupy Singla's "The Indian Slow Cooker" Book.  Can't get better than a rich Indian Chili with Whole Urad and Kidney Beans.  Another very simple recipe.  You do throw the onions, garlic, and chilies in the Cuisinart this time.  Making it even easier.  Just pay attention when shopping for "Black Lentils".  Urad Whole, Black Gram, and Matpe Beans are some other names for this prolific Indian legume.  Don't buy what you think looks like a lentil that we are used to (a flat thin legume) in a black color.  You may think it doesn't make a difference, but  this Black Gram bean has an amazing, creamy flavor and does not have the same flavor as lentils that I am used to eating.  Especially important to pick the correct beans if you want an authentic Indian flavor.

Sabut Urad, Black Gram, Matpe Beans. These are all names for the Black Lentils used in Indian Cooking.

Kidney Beans (Rajmah)

Tumeric, Coriander, Red Chili, Garam Masala, and Cumin.
You can buy all of these from Mountain Rose Herbs.  Or the International Store.  Either place is very inexpensive (Mountain Rose is organic though).  I don't go to the regular supermarket for these types of things (unless I run out) since spices are so ridiculously marked up there.  We have an extra freezer, so it's full of bags of spices and sprouting seeds.
Healing Heat.

This even removes the manual chopping.

Put everything in the cooker.  Add Water.  Push a button.  Think ya can handle it?

After Cooking for a few hours.

And 8 hours later.....the finished product.  The beans are perfect.  They keep their form so beautifully in the slow cooker.
Also LOVING the Miracle Rice Cooker and happy about the stainless steel interior.


  1. Ok you have convinved me to buy this cookbook with all your raving reviews! Hubby and I are not even vegetarian! We replace meat lots with the fake stuff though to be healthier :)

  2. She includes some meat recipes too, the most popular ones. But since Indian food is commonly a lot of legumes & veggies, this book is Authentic! It isn't a "Vegan" book, but just a book that you can make nearly every recipe Vegan, and most are vegan by default. She tries to stay away from unhealthy stuff so not much oil (some in the eggplant dish but you could replace with water-and you can use olive oil). You can't go wrong for about 10 bucks on Amazon! They are spicy enough for me, but if you don't like spicy, then just cut back on them! It's simple to adjust to your tastes!