This is a deliciously simple recipe that is particularly enjoyable as there are not too many recipes available using butter beans with Indian spices.

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Frozen Lima Beans – 16oz packet (washed)
Oil – 4 tsp
Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
Mustard Seeds – ½ tsp
Asafoetida (Hing) – pinch
Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
Onion – 1 small (chopped finely)
Green Chili – 1 (finely chopped – optional)
Ginger – 1 tsp (finely grated)
Garlic – 3 cloves (finely chopped)
Tomato Sauce – 8oz can
Red Chili Powder – ¼ tsp (to taste)
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder – ½ tsp
Salt – 1 tsp (to taste)
Water – 1 cup
Cilantro Leaves – 5 sprigs (chopped for garnishing)

1. Heat Oil in a pressure cooker or pressure pan on medium heat.
2. Once Oil is hot, add Cumin Seeds and Mustard Seeds and allow them to sputter.
3. Add Asafoetida and Turmeric Powder, then the Onions, Green Chili, Ginger and Garlic.
4. Cook until Onions are light brown.
5. Stir in Tomato Sauce and cook until oil starts to separate.
6. Add Red Chili Powder, Coriander Powder, Garam Masala, Cumin Powder, and Salt. Mix well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
7. Mix in Lima Beans and Water.
8. Pressure cook for 1 whistle and turn off heat.
9. Once pressure is gone from the cooker, remove lid and adjust water, salt or other masalas.
10. Garnish with Cilantro and serve with Rice or Chapattis.
11. Serves 3-4.

1. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, Lima Beans can be cooked in a microwave with ½ cup of water, salt and turmeric powder. Prepare the Onion and Tomato Sauce mixture in a separate non-stick pan and mix in cooked Lima Beans.
2. For those of you who enjoy a tangier flavor, Lime/Lemon Juice can also be added at the end.