2 Healthy recipes with beans/legumes

Alpa Momaya

March 31, 2022


#1 Barley lentil and vegetable soup

Barley is a great source of protein, iron and fibre and tastes good too, if cooked with flavourful ingredients as in this broth. The addition of lentils/masoor gives a complete protein for vegetarians.
5 from 1 vote
Course Soup
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped spring onions, green chopped separately
  • 2 tbsp pearl barley, soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 2 tbsp whole lentils/masoor, soaked for 2 hours and drained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped colored peppers – red, yellow, green
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper powder
  • 11/2 tsp lemon juice.


  • Heat the oil in a pressure cooker, add the garlic and the spring onion whites and sauté on a medium flame till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the barley, masoor, and carrots, mix well and sauté on a medium flame for another minute.
  • Add 4½ cups of hot water and salt, mix well, and pressure cook on a high flame for 3 to 4 whistles.
  • Add the spring onion greens, tomatoes, peppers, coriander, and pepper, mix well and simmer for a minute, stirring once in between.
  • Just before serving, add the lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot.
Keyword barley, lentil, soup

#2 Kidney bean patties with cucumber yogurt sauce

5 from 1 vote
Course Side Dish
Servings 1 plate


  • 1 cup Rajma/kidney beans soaked overnight
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Carrot grated
  • 2 Green chilly
  • 1 tsp Jeera powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp Oats
  • 1 tbsp Coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice

Cucumber yogurt sauce

  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup grated cucumber
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 11/2 tsp dry dill
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • salt to taste


  • Soak the rajma overnight, or at least 8 hours. And then pressure cook them till they are completely cooked.
  • Remove the excess water and mash them well. Mix with the rest of other ingredients except oil. Keep aside for 2 mins. Roll them into a round shape. Heat a non stick tawa and brush with oil, fry the patties till brown on both sides. Serve with cucumber yogurt sauce.
Keyword cucumber, kidney bean, patties, Yogurt

About the Author

As the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Dietetics from the University of Mumbai, Alpa Momaya has always understood the value of good nutrition in an individual's life. She is a Registered Nutritional Practitioner (Canada) with over 15 years of experience in the field. Specializing in Clinical Nutrition, Pre & Post Natal Diets, and Weight Management, Alpa found her calling as a Sr. Nutritionist with HealthifyMe. Alpa's love for cooking and good nutrition has seen her contribute several recipes to the HealthifyMe database over the years. Additionally, she takes a keen interest in reading and painting.

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