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Mushroom And Lima Bean Stew, Indian-Style

Mushroom-Lima Bean Stew, Indian-Style
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Curry
Cuisine: Mushroom and Lima Bean Stew
Servings: 8


  • 1 cup dry lima beans , rinsed and soaked overnight, then cooked until tender. If you have a pressure cooker, you can skip the soaking.
  • 1 8- oz package of crimini mushrooms (substitute with portabella for a meatier flavor, or button)
  • 1 large onion , chopped into a small dice
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup white wine (optional-- I like it because it adds another layer of flavor, but Indians don't usually cook with wine, so feel free to skip)
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh herbs (I used thyme and sage, but you can use any "spicy" herb you have on hand, like rosemary or oregano. Basil would be fine too, but add that at the end of the cooking)
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp olive oil


  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onions and mushrooms.
  • Stir to coat with oil and saute until the onions start to take on a sheen, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the white wine and cook, stirring, until most of the wine has evaporated. Add the herbs, tomato puree, powdered spices, and cook for another two minutes.
  • Add the cooked lima beans with any water leftover from cooking them and stir well. If you didn't have enough cooking water, add some regular water.
  • Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, and cook another 3-4 minutes. Add salt to taste. Turn off the heat and garnish, if you like, with more fresh herbs.
  • Enjoy!