Butter Bean Shaak – a Gujarati favourite

Heena Modi

Prep Time: 5M
Cooking Time: 18M
Serves: 2

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  1. 1 tin of butter beans
  2. 2 tomatoes, chopped
  3. 1 fresh chili, chopped finely
  4. Less than 1 tablespoon of oil
  5. 1/2 a teaspoon of mustard seeds
  6. 1 teaspoon of cumin seeds
  7. 2 sweet neem leaves
  8. 1 pinch of asafoetida
  9. Pinch of turmeric powder
  10. Salt
  11. 1 teaspoon of dried coriander powder
  12. 1 handful of freshly chopped coriander

This shaak is simple, filling and quick to make. It involves minimal preparation and tastes delicious.


This recipe serves 2


Heat the oil in a pan and add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds, then the sweet neem leaves and asafoetida

After the seeds have popped add the tomatoes and chili, and let it cook for a few minutes

Add the butter beans, a pinch of turmeric, the coriander and salt to taste

Let it cook for a few minutes, then add the chopped coriander

Cook for a further 5 – 7 minutes, then serve with wraps or

We enjoy this with mini wraps. It can also be eaten with rice or roti.

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