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Adzuki Bean Coconut Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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An incredibly flavorful coconut curry broth enveloping adzuki beans makes for one filling and healthy meal when served alongside rice or quinoa. This Adzuki Bean Curry is vegan and gluten-free.

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By now I’m certain you’ve caught on to my love for curries, but throw in some red adzuki beans (also known as azuki beans) and you’re in for one big nutritional punch of a curry! Adzuki beans are packed with antioxidants, protein, fiber and folate; and they’re mild, nutty flavor really complements the warming spices and creaminess of a curry. I think you’ll find you concur!

a bowl of azuki curry on rice

Adzuki Bean Curry

  • Hearty and comforting.
  • Easy to make.
  • Perfectly flavorful.
  • Makes excellent leftovers or meal prepping food.
  • Packed with fiber and protein.
  • Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, no sugar-added, nut-free, soy-free.
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hands holding a black bowl filled with cooked adzuki beans over white rice

How-to Make — Step-by-Step

Soak, drain and rinse adzuki beans.
Cover with water,bring to boil and simmer until tender.
Combine spices.
Sauté garlic and ginger.
Add tomatoes and coconut milk.
Add beans and spices.
Stir well.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add cilantro.
Add salt.
Add lime juice.
Stir well.
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FAQ — Tips, Tricks and Substitutions

a cast iron skillet filled with adzuki bean coconut curry

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hands holding a black bowl filled with rice and adzuki beans

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Adzuki Bean Curry

An incredibly flavorful coconut curry broth enveloping adzuki beans makes for one filling and healthy meal when served alongside rice or quinoa. This Adzuki Bean Curry is vegan and gluten-free.
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Course: Entrées
Cuisine: Asian Fusion, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Soaking Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 2 cups dry adzuki beans soaked overnight or at least 4 hours
  • 2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil you can use ghee or butter if not vegan
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root minced or grated
  • 1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes or fresh
  • 1 13.5-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime juiced
  • sea salt or pink salt to taste


  • Soak adzuki beans in water overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  • Drain and rinse beans.
  • Place the rinsed beans in a large pot over high heat, fill the pot with water until the beans have at least 1 inch of water above them. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour or until beans are tender. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pot or skillet over medium heat add oil, garlic and ginger. Saute ginger and garlic for 5 minutes or until turning golden.
  • Add tomatoes, coconut milk, cumin, coriander, turmeric, red chili flakes, and adzuki beans. Turn heat to high, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to med-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Salt to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!


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Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 274kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 884mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg


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Hi! I'm Kristen -- a mama, photographer, recipe developer and author of The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. I enjoy sharing both wildly creative and ridiculously practical vegetarian recipes that are approachable for all. Everything you see here is infused with a bit of nature, magic and good health. XO.


  • Peggy Daniels
    01/12/2021 at 5:00 PM

    Hi! I am making this now. I am wondering why it is called curry when there is no curry spice listed in ingredients?

    Thank you!


    • Kristen Wood
      01/13/2021 at 1:03 AM

      Hi! That is because you are making your own curry spice blend with the spices listed! 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

  • Donna Mitchell
    12/24/2020 at 4:32 PM

    5 stars
    I made this yesterday exactly as directed * and it was lovely. Flavors were wonderful and its true, the red pepper flakes dont make it hot, and I am quite sensitive to peppers. Served it with a basmati mixed with steamed asian greens.

    *Except my adzukis took 2 full hours to cook

    • Kristen Wood
      12/24/2020 at 5:38 PM

      Hi Donna – I really appreciate you taking the time to share this and I’m so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  • Bree
    11/18/2020 at 5:19 PM

    I’m really excited to make this tomorrow for dinner, but do the beans really only need to simmer for ten minutes? That seems so fast for beans.

    • Kristen Wood
      11/18/2020 at 6:04 PM

      Oh my gosh! So sorry! I don’t know how I left that out. I so appreciate you catching this. You simmer the beans on their own with water for 1 hour or until tender and then you add into step 5 as written! I just updated the recipe card as well. 🙂

      • Bree
        11/18/2020 at 7:09 PM

        I’m not going to lie, I was really hoping they were some kind of magic bean that just cooked super fast 😂 Thank you for responding so fast!!

  • Jason
    10/05/2020 at 7:36 AM

    5 stars
    This is the tastiest bean curry that I’ve practiced. I feel the light fat and flavor of coconut. This curry is ideal to serve with steamed rice. I like spicy so I added more red chili powder.

  • Daniela
    10/01/2020 at 1:10 PM

    5 stars
    This curry looks absolutely fantastic my friend! Breathtaking photos and videos!! Woww wow wowwww

    • Kristen Wood
      10/01/2020 at 1:17 PM

      Thank you so much, my friend!!! That means a ton. 🙂


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