Pakistani Black Bean Curry

I had a bunch of black beans in my house to use up. I cooked a bunch to use to make black bean cake for my children's birthday party, and then I used some of the leftovers to make burritos, but I had still some more beans that needed to be used up, and I wanted something decidedly un-Mexican because I was getting bored and needed some variety.
Here's a recipe I made with my black beans; it's absolutely delicious!
Originally the recipe called for making it with ground beef, but black beans worked so well in it that I don't think I'd ever make it with ground beef. I do plan on trying it with other beans, chickpeas, and lentils, and I'm sure they'd all taste terrific in this recipe.
I based this recipe on the Pakistani Kima recipe from Whole New Mom's website.

Pakistani Black Bean Curry

3-4 tablespoons healthy oil
2 large onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 cups cooked black beans
3  tablespoons curry powder
3-4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
4-5 large tomatoes, chopped
4-5 medium potatoes, chopped really small
2 1/2-3 cups peas
1 cup water

1. Chop onions, mince garlic. Saute until golden.

2. Add spices and cook for 2 minutes.

3. Add beans and cook for 2 minutes.

4. Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook on medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally.

5. When the potatoes are soft, serve. This tastes terrific with rice.


What is your favorite way to enjoy black beans?
Have you made any Pakistani dishes ever? 

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  1. I use this recipe so much that I probably should mix up a spice mix for it. It's amazing and my family loves it - the only complaint is that my skillet can't make enough for leftovers, which everyone wants for the next day! Love so many of your recipes. Thanks so much!

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