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Black Beans Masala Recipe using Spice Mix

Black Beans Masala Recipe using Spice Mix

Made with pre-measured Indian spices and blends

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Black Beans Masala is a fusion of East and West cuisine! While in India, I never heard of Black beans, but after migrating to USA, I realized Black beans is quite popular. So this dish is actually my invention!

Prep time: 15 mins; Cook time: 30 mins; Serves 4


  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Finely chopped onions - 1.5 cups
  • Diced tomatoes - 2 cups
  • Ginger - 2"
  • Garlic - 4-6 cloves
  • Flavor Temptations Black Beans Masala Spice Mix (contains 4 Flavor Blends) - 2 kits
  • Canned black beans (remove some of the broth) - 2 cans
  • Water (enough to cover chickpeas) - 2 cups
  • Salt to taste -1-2 tsp
  • Chopped cilantro - 6-8 stems (optional)


  1. Heat oil in 12” skillet on medium heat, add Blend #1(Cumin Seeds) and step back to allow seeds to burst and sizzle, releasing their flavors
  2. Add onions and cook until onions are soft and transparent
  3. Add ginger and garlic, cook for 1 minute
  4. Add Blend #2(Turmeric powder, Coriander powder and Cumin powder) and cook for 3-4 minutes, releasing fragrant aromas
  5. Add Blend #3(Cayenne) according to preferred spice level:

(Hot: add all of it; Medium: add half of it; Mild: do not add any)

  1. Add tomatoes and cook on medium heat for 6-8 minutes until tomatoes are soft and oil separates
  2. Add beans, salt, and enough water to cover the beans
  3. Cook covered 10-12 minutes on medium heat, until beans are soft. Squish a few of the beans to help thicken the sauce
  4. Stir in Blend #4(Garam Masala). Uncover and simmer on low heat until sauce thickens to salsa consistency
  5. Garnish with chopped cilantro (optional)


Serve hot over bed of long-grained or naan bread

Want a shortcut?  Black beans recipe using Curry Sauce is an ideal solution for you! 


Fully plant-based


Contains no gluten

Dairy free

Contains no dairy products

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How authentic is this recipe?

All our recipes are authentic and traditional family recipes passed along by my Mom.

Can I use Curry powder instead of individual spice blends?

Technically, you could use Curry powder or a common spice mix. However, this would not provide the authentic taste of traditional spice layering technique that is unique to Indian cooking

Can this recipe be made with meat?

Sure! Simply replace beans or veggies with cooked meat of your choice