Learn how to make the best homemade Indian Sweet Corn and Black Bean Curry.
Our quick & easy Corn and Black Bean Curry recipe takes under 30 minutes to make!
It features simple and affordable ingredients like canola oil, cumin seeds, scallions, tomatoes, turmeric, cayenne pepper, whipping cream, sweet corn kernels, black beans and cilantro.
This healthy Indian curry is vegetarian and gluten free. You can prepare vegan Black Bean Curry by substituting coconut cream with whipping cream.
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What Is Black Bean Curry?
Looking for an easy and affordable Indian curry recipe to cook when vegetarian family or friends are coming for dinner?
This Bengali-inspired curry features canned black beans and sweet corn in a creamy tomato sauce.
The Black Bean Curry sauce is flavoured with cumin seeds fried in oil, spicy cayenne pepper and ground turmeric.
Pureed tomatoes are given the creamy treatment thanks to the addition of velvety whipping cream.
Sweet Corn & Black Bean Curry can be enjoyed with steamed rice or flatbreads like chapati, paratha and naan.
Travel to India by Cooking Black Bean Curry at Home
I love traveling through Asia.
My first visit to Asia had me living in South Korea for a year as a teacher and it’s where I was first introduced to fermented vegetables like kimchi.
After my contract ended in Seoul I travelled throughout Asia for 6 months, visiting the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, The Maldives and India.
I spent over a month traveling through India.
I started in the capital, eating my way through the bustling markets and fine dining restaurants in Delhi. I then embarked on a magical weekend getaway to awe-inspiring Taj Mahal in Agra. In India’s north you’ll find plenty of barbecue and wheat based side dishes like scorched naan bread.
For the second half of my Indian adventure I explored the southern state of Kerala. The south is famous for its seafood, coconut, tropical fruits, and rice based side dishes like crispy dosa and Curry Leaf Rice. The colonial capital of Cochin was formerly run by the Portuguese. It’s also one of the only places in India you can find beef on a menu.
After enjoying a jaunt to the Maldives my India trip came to a close in the Bollywood capital, bustling and cosmopolitan Mumbai. The city is famous for its specialty street foods and fine dining restaurants at opulent luxury hotels. The Taj Mahal Palace in particular serves one of the world’s most famous Afternoon Teas.
What I found most fascinating is India’s distinct regional food cultures. Much like the regional cuisines found in France, Germany, Italy or Spain, each city in India had its own local speciality.
After you’ve traveled to India, return home to prepare a fragrant feast for friends and family featuring this flavourful Vegetarian Black Bean Curry recipe.
My Family Loves Creamy Black Bean Curry
I love cooking Indian food for my family.
I’ve hosted many Indian-themed feasts at home, showcasing dishes from Delhi to Bengal via fragrant curries, fresh salads and hearty soups.
This is my go to vegetarian Indian curry because it features simple and affordable ingredients, a delicious sweet meets savoury sauce and is kid friendly since the largest ingredient in the dish is a tiny corn kernel.
I made this Sweet Corn Curry for my family in the summer at our cottage in Muskoka. I knew my parents would love this Indian Curry as they love sweet corn, healthy vegetarian dishes and creamy sauces.
The savoury and sweet ingredients balance each other out and really transform this dish into a work of culinary harmony.
Our vegetarian Black Bean Curry recipe is packed full of healthy ingredients!
Scallions are a humble vegetable packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Regular consumption of onions can help boost digestive health and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Rich in a group of phytochemicals called carotenoids, tomatoes may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and provide protection against cancer. Tomatoes are also a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C.
A rich source of blood-building iron, cumin may also help balance your blood sugar levels and reduce bad cholesterol. It is also traditionally used as a digestive aid.
The star component of turmeric is curcumin, a potent phytochemical that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is often prescribed in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to help relieve arthritis, aid digestion and inhibit the growth of cancers.
Consuming dairy products (such as milk and cheese) provides health benefits — especially improved bone health. Dairy foods provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
Corn is rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage and wards off diseases like cancer and heart disease. Yellow corn is a good source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for eye health and help prevent the lens damage that leads to cataracts.
Beans are rich in cancer-fighting vitamin C, energy-boosting B vitamins, and gut-healthy fibre.
A good source of bone-strengthening vitamin K, cilantro is also rich in antioxidants that help protect the eyes from damage by free radicals.
Sweet Corn Curry Recipe Cooking Tips
If it’s your first time cooking Sweet Corn & Black Bean Curry at home be sure to review our recipe below. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started:
- We suggest using a large nonstick skillet when preparing curry at home to ensure the sauce does not splatter all over your stove.
- We’ve used canola oil in this recipe but you can use coconut oil or peanut oil to add additional flavour to the sauce if you prefer.
- We’ve used scallions in this recipe but you can substitute for cooking onions, shallots or red onions.
- We’ve used a jar of passata in this recipe (strained tomatoes) but you can use canned pureed tomatoes or fresh tomatoes finely chopped.
- We’ve added a bit of spicy heat to the curry sauce by adding cayenne pepper. Feel free to substitute for chopped green serrano chilies if you prefer.
- This Black Bean Curry recipe is thickened with whipping cream, which gives it a rich and decadent taste and mouthfeel. The recipe is suitable for vegetarians but if you’re looking to make a vegan Black Bean Curry feel free to substitute with coconut cream.
- We’ve used canned peaches & cream corn in this recipe but if you’re making it in the summer feel free to purchase fresh corn on the cob at your local farmers market.
- We’ve used canned black beans in this recipe but you can boil dried beans if you have the time.
What To Serve with Vegetarian Corn Black Bean Curry
Sweet Corn Curry is one of our favourite creamy vegetarian dishes inspired by our travels to India.
We typically serve Black Bean Curry with steamed rice or flatbreads like chapati, paratha and naan. For a more filling meal you might want to add pakora or samosa to each plate.
If you’re hosting a large Indian-themed potluck, buffet or dinner party you might like to serve this Creamy Corn Curry with:
- Vegan Curry Leaf Rice with Cashews
- Vegan One Pot Indian Thakkali Tomato Biryani
- Chanachur Chivda Bombay Mixture Namkeen
- Parippu Vada Recipe With Coconut Chutney
- Healthy Vegan Tomato Chutney For Dosa
- Pitod Ki Sabji Vegetarian Indian Chickpea Dumplings
- Vegetarian Malai Kofta
- Pepper Milagu Rasam Vegan South Indian Soup
- Creamy Vegetarian Indian Paneer Soup
- Chicken Manchow Soup
- Turmeric Pumpkin Spice Indian Cake
- Quick & Easy Indian Onion Salad
- Homemade Chicken Shahi Korma
- Vegetarian Shahi Paneer Recipe
- Indian Pudla Crepes
- Spicy Tikka Masala Turkey Barley Soup
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How To Make Sweet Corn & Black Bean Curry
Sweet Corn Black Bean Curry
- Large Nonstick Skillet
- Spatula or Wooden Spoon
- measuring spoons
- measuring cups
- 1 tbsp Canola Oil
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- 4 tbsp Scallions chopped
- 2 cups Pureed Tomatoes
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
- 1 tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper
- 1 cup Whipping Cream
- 1 cup Water
- 12 oz Corn Kernels
- 4 cups Cooked Black Beans
- 1 tbsp Cilantro chopped
- Heat the oil in a large pot on high heat for 1 minute. Sprinkle in the cumin seeds and allow to sizzle for 20 seconds. Add the scallions, stir and saute for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes and reduce the heat to medium. Add the salt, turmeric, and cayenne, stir well, and cook the masala for 4-5 minutes.
- Slowly pour the whipping cream into the curry, being sure to constantly stir to prevent the cream from separating. Add the water, corn and black beans then increase the heat to high and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve hot sprinkled with chopped cilantro and naan bread or basmati rice.
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