If you are looking for a simple bowl of pure vegan protein, try this butter bean curry recipe. It is a very versatile recipe as you can substitute butter beans with kidney beans, black-eyed beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and runner beans – choose your protein source and follow the recipe. 

The best thing about butter beans is that they are high in vitamins and minerals, essential for better health. They are also a source of potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and zinc. They also contain calcium and protein. So, if you are a plant-based foodie, this curry recipe will be ideal for adding protein to your diet. 

Effortless Butter Beans Curry Recipe! 

Butter beans are a great source of protein and are vegan, so that everyone can enjoy this nutritious yet delicious meal. Infuse this recipe with various spices like turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, garam masala, and chili powder to make it flavorful. 

In Gujarat, butter beans are known as ‘Vaal’ and have a uniquely delicious taste. However, there is significant confusion between lima beans and butter beans. People think that both are the same, but that is not the case. Butter beans are lima beans, but lima beans are smaller and have a slightly bitter taste. While butter beans are large, flat, and have a creamy taste. 

So, let’s see how you can make this delicious Gujarati-style butter bean curry and include protein in your diet effortlessly and deliciously. 

Butter bean curry
Butter Bean Curry

Quick Stats 

Prep time: 10 minutes + overnight soaking of butter beans

Cooking time: 20 minutes 

Servings: 6 serves 


  • 250 g butter beans/ mota vaal
  • 1 l water
  • Three tomatoes
  • Three green chilies – fresh
  • ½ teaspoon homemade garam masala
  • One teaspoon of red chili powder
  • Six garlic cloves
  • Four bay leaves
  • Two kokum Rinds
  • 1 tbsp Salt

Method to Prepare 

  • Take a large bowl, add butter beans and water to it. Let the beans soak in the water overnight. 
  • Now, drain the water and add the beans to a pressure cooker. 
  • Then, pour fresh water and add some salt to the cooker. 
  • Add tomato wedges and chopped green chilis. 
  • Sprinkle red chili powder and add bay leaves, kokum, and crushed garlic to the cooker. 
  • Cook the butter beans on high heat until you hear the first whistle. Once you hear the whistle, reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes.  
  • Open the cooker and serve it with chapatis and steamed rice
  • Enjoy! 

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Final Words 

Also known as ‘Mota Vaal nu Shaak,’ this butter bean curry is delicious and has buttery and creamy flavor. Additionally, this curry is full of nutrition and even aids digestion. So, if you are looking for a 20-minutes meal, you can try this butter beans curry and enjoy a healthy meal with your family.