Cook's Hideout: Soybean Kura (Sauteed Soybeans)

August 02, 2006

Soybean Kura (Sauteed Soybeans)

As I mentioned earlier in one of my posts, I love my beans. I like the nutty flavor and soft texture of all the beans. In India, my bean database was limited to garbanzo (Chick peas) and kidney beans. But after coming to the U.S, my database expanded with black, pinto,navy, lima, adzuki(havent tried this yet), cannellini and last, but definitely no where near least soybeans. Find more about beans here.
So coming to Soybeans, I was always under the impression that they cannot be eaten as regular beans (don't ask me why!!!) May be because so many other things are made of them, I never thought that they can also be eaten as is.
My mom actually started using them for quite a while now. She adds them to her idli batter (soaks a handful of them along w/ Urad dal), wheat flour (gets them milled along with wheat) and also makes gravy curries.
Thats when I bought Soybean flour and started adding it to chapathis, cakes (just a little bit to the flour) and breads. Get more information on Soybeans here.

This is the first curry I made with soybeans and I was pleasantly surprised with the delicate taste and texture of soybeans.

Soybeans - 1 cup (soaked for at least 4hrs)
Onions - 2 chopped
Green Chilies - 3
Kasuri Methi - 2 tbsp
Chili powder - 1tsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste


  • Pressure cook the soy beans until done.
  • Heat 1tbsp of oil in a pan, saute onions till lightly browned.
  • Add green chilies, soybeans and saute on medium flame until the beans start to turn light brown for about 10-12 minutes.
  • Add kasoori methi, chili powder and salt and mix well. Sprinkle some water if you feel the mixture is too dry.
  • Cook for another 5minutes and serve hot.


  1. When my dietician friend told me about its health benefits I started adding soya flour to my regular atta. But I havent cooked the beans too....wonder why!!

  2. Your soyabean curry looks good. Have never made it this way

  3. Hi Pavani, sauteed soybeans looks so good. I was looking for some soyabean recipes. Thanks.

  4. Cant believe isn't it that this small bean is so rich in nutrients!

  5. Lovely creation. This is a protein bomb.

  6. Thank you all for your comments.


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