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2/3 cup of dry northern beans can be substituted with canned beans
1 cup of chopped onions
1 cup of chopped tomato
2 tablespoons of oil
2 green chili
1 tablespoon of chopped ginger
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon of garam masala found at Indian grocer
1/2 teaspoon salt
Enough water to cook the beans
Wash the beans and soak them hot water for least one hour. In a pan with two cups of water cook the soaked beans for at least 25 minutes or till it is cooked. If the beans are not soaked before cooking they take longer to cook.
In a pan heat the oil, add onions and fry them till brown, add green chili, ginger, garlic and stir, add turmeric powder wait for a few seconds stir add tomato, stir cover and cook till the tomatoes are done (oil will separate from the tomato), add the cooked beans, salt, garam masala cook till it comes to a boil. Turn the heat off. Add 2 tablespoon of lemon juice (optional). Garnish with cilantro
Served with rice or chapati, serves 2
Northern beans and cannellini beans are not the same. Cannellini beans are larger. Northern beans skin is smother it is also used in salads.