Cooking Hyacinth Beans

Rare Recipes for Cooking Delicious Hyacinth Beans You Don't Know!

The ornamental hyacinth bean is also used for making different recipes. Known by many names, these beans are delicious and healthy. Read the article to know more about the beans.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2018
Hyacinth Bean Vine
Also known as Indian bean, seim bean, Egyptian kidney bean, lablab bean, and more, the hyacinth bean belongs to the Fabaceae family. It is a food crop which is commonly found in the tropics such as India, Africa, and Indonesia. The leaves, flowers, pods, seeds, and roots of this vine are edible. But know this, if the seeds aren't boiled properly, it can be poisonous. The dry seeds have to be boiled for an extended period of time before they can be eaten.

Hyacinth Bean Vine

The vine grows at the speed of 10 to 15 feet per season and bears gorgeous purple flowers. The flowers bloom from summer through fall. It is not uncommon to see butterflies and hummingbirds on the vine. To plant the vines, the seeds need to be planted about 1 to 1½ inches deep into the soil. The seed will take about 2 to 3 weeks to germinate. You will have to water the plant regularly, but ensure the soil is not too wet.

Recipes to Make

Bean Curry

Ingredients
  • 1 cup, peeled and soaked, hyacinth beans
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp coconut shavings
  • ½ tsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp garlic paste
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cilantro powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 to 3 curry leaves
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Salt, to taste
Method
  • In a blender, make a paste of coconut shavings and fennel seeds.
  • In a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds, onions, ginger paste, garlic paste, and turmeric powder.
  • Saute the onions till it turns translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and continue to stir.
  • Add salt as per taste and stir the mixture occasionally.
  • After the onions and tomatoes are cooked perfectly, add cilantro powder and chili powder to the mixture.
  • Now add peeled beans and cook well.
  • After 5 to 7 minutes, add coconut and fennel paste along with water to the mixture.
  • Cover with lid and let it cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • After the beans are well cooked, add chopped cilantro leaves and serve hot.
Bean Rice

Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice
  • ¼ cup, soaked and peeled, hyacinth bean
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cilantro powder
  • 1 tbsp, grated, coconut
  • ½ tsp fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp oil
  • Salt, to taste
Method
  • In a pot, heat oil on low and add mustard seeds followed by turmeric powder, cilantro powder, and chili powder.
  • Stir the mixture well and add the soaked and peeled beans. Let it cook for a minute.
  • In the meantime, grind coconut and fennel seeds together.
  • Add the paste to the mixture and stir well.
  • Add soaked rice and let it cook thoroughly before serving.