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Curried Beans and Greens

Here’s a hearty one-dish meal that’s high in calcium to help prevent cold-weather muscle cramps and rich with warming spices to boost circulation. Small, reddish-brown adzuki beans have a sweet flavor and are popular in Japanese cooking. They have a higher protein content than other beans and are easier to digest.



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1 cup adzuki beans, picked over and rinsed
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1 Tbs. olive oil
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½ cup diced yellow onion
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2 cloves garlic, minced
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2 lbs. fresh kale or Swiss chard, stemmed and torn into large pieces
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2 tsp. curry powder


  1. Soak beans overnight in enough cold water to cover by at least 2 inches. Drain, rinse beans well and combine in large soup pot with 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, until beans are tender, about 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in large, deep skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add greens to skillet. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons water. Cook, tossing often, until greens are bright green and wilted slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Drain beans and transfer to serving dish. Add curry powder and stir will. Reheat greens if necessary, then add to beans and toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Information: 

10 g
Total Fat: 
3 g
Saturated Fat: 
31 g
37 mg
8 g
6 Servings

Comments on this Recipe

Nutritional, simple and quick meal if your beans are ready. Not a repeat in my book though; nothing special.

I'm going to try this recipe.


I feel stupid. I have not thought of cooking adult beans. I have always sprouted them for salads and stir fries! I did not know. I am going to try this out alright. I certainly get those cold weather cramps at my age and so this sounds just perfect. Higher protein you say, even higher than chickpea for I am careful to make sure I have those in? I cook and I sprout those. I am absolutely flummoxed by this 12 bean mix talked of in this site. What is it? I have been trying to count the beans I can have and it is not 12. Would you please tell me what they are?

when and how is the 1 tbs of oil used?