Friday, March 13, 2009


At last. Another cavalcade of incredible legume recipes to wow, inspire and make you just plain hungry. Thank you very much for your spirited and creative participation, as well as your patience in allowing me to work through some recurring technical issues which began late last month.

Please let me know if there are omissions or errors that I need to correct; I'll make the changes as soon as I hear from you.

Laurie of Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska is hosting this month's MLLA9. Please keep her in mind when you are preparing your next bean dish.

I'll be back in touch with all of you who would like to host in 2010. Thanks so much for your keen interest in this event!


For those used to the gentle flavor of steamy, salty green soybeans, prepare to
be delighted by Mediterranean flavors that will set your tastebuds tingling.

Edamame Pesto Spread
Laurie - Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.


Seitan makes the protein count soar in a bowl
of beans accented with Asian ingredients.

Best Vegan Chili
Meg - Becoming Whole
Cape Elizabeth, Maine, U.S.A.


A dull day is brightened by a surprise spread of warm and
fresh Middle Eastern classics served by a secretive cook.

Falafel in Pita Pockets
Anu - Chandrabhaga


The ease of black-eyed peas is just one more reason to
embrace a healthy and hearty dish from mom's kitchen.

Bean curd lollipops dipped in creamy sesame sauce
will tempt even those who are timid to try tofu.

Tofu Croquettes and Hummus
Sunshine Mom - Tongue Ticklers


Five different dals spotlight a dish known in an
Indian state where more than one river runs through it.

Panchratani Palak Dal
Asha - Aroma!
North Carolina, U.S.A.


Canned fruit comes in very handy when recreating
a special recipe from thousands of miles away.

Halasina Kayi Ghashi
Asha - Aroma!
North Carolina, U.S.A.


Juggling motherhood and homemaking isn't easy, but a clever cook
can slip in a quick, nourishing lunch without it feeling like extra duty.

Red Beans Gravy
Hema - Salt to Taste
New Jersey, U.S.A.


A thick, rich curry warms the belly after an
intrepid walk through a winter wonderland.

Get the rice ready as a fragrant pot of spicy-rich
peanuts gently bubbles on the back burner.


Summon the sun back no matter what the wind chill
with a skillet full of hot and glowing tropical tastes.

Deep frying makes quick work of delectably spiced morsels,
so crunchy-good you'll not want to wait for them to cool.

Cholar Daler Bora
Sukanya - How Am I Doing?
New Jersey, U.S.A.


Locally harvesting mushrooms add that extra magic
to a mound of rice mixed with creamy, quick-cooking dal.

Moth Dal with Mushrooms
Linda - Out of the Garden
Michigan, U.S.A.


A softly sweet but lively curry proves that trying times
call for less take-out and more stirring your own pot.

Spicy Green Lentils and Yellow Split Peas
Lisa - Lisa's Kitchen
London, Ontario, Canada


Beautifully mottled yellow eye beans add artistry
to a smoky and robust Southern-style meal.

A medley of chunky vegetables adds texture and color
to a simple stew enjoyed in many European countries.

Black Bean and Vegetable Ragout
Sweatha - Tasty Curry Leaf
New Jersey, U.S.A.


Dramatic when dry, an heirloom bean mellows to
tones that enrich a dish of distinctive Mexican flair.

Black Calypsos and Epazote
Lori Lynn - Taste with the Eyes
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


The scant handful of green gram goodness creates
a simple and delicate soup to sip on in five minutes flat.

Easy Crafts - Simple Indian Food


Red kidney beans bridge two cuisines for a
quick rice recipe as Indian as it is Italian.

A hot and snappy pea dish will give you something to "chaat" about,
even though you know you're not supposed to talk with your mouth full.

Pateele Wale Chhole
Bird's Eye View - Food and Laughter


Chinese cabbage and French beans make for a melting
pot of flavorfully spiced soup with great textures.

Soybean patties pass the ultimate taste test for those
who have the patience to be deliciously rewarded.

Gluten-Free Veggie Burgers
Rachel - The Crispy Cook
Schylerville, New York, U.S.A.


A tangy, aromatic salad helps a cook keep her commitment
to a new diet without the usual boring menu consequences.

Divya - Divya's Cookbook
Chennai, India


Coated in chickpea flour and chili, stir-fried peanuts pop with
flavor and crunch from a hot little pan to your hot little hands.

Masala Peanuts
Srivalli - Spicing Your Life!


Tiny taters and tender kidney beans honor a request for
something special from one family member to another.

Rajma N Baby Aloo Masala
Srivalli - Cooking 4 All Seasons


Call them appes, call them vadas, but don't call anyone late
to supper when savory, spiced dumplings are being served.

Black Gram Dumplings in Seasoned Creamy Yoghurt
Deepika - less sugar, please...for a sweeter life


Your choice of vegetables blended with a dry, crumbly
dal is a South Indian curry specialty that will be long
remembered after your bowl has run dry.

Bean Patoli
Rathna - Asvadha


Fragrant, fresh bay leaf plucked straight from the garden gives
a classic Indian recipe yet another variation on its theme.

Dal Makhani
Johanna - Green Gourmet Giraffe
Melbourne, Australia


Onion, garlic and peppers add Mediterranean aromas
sure to lure you to a platter of healthy, vegan-adaptable burgers.

Black-Eyed Pea Patties
Ivy - Greek Hospitality
Athens, Greece


Big, fat butter beans and assorted vegetables cuddle together in
a wildly aromatic gravy highlighted with a handful of herbs.

Gobi, Butterbeans N Mint Kurma/Gravy
Priya - Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes
Paris, France


Crispy string beans match the snap of spices in a fast stir-fry
with a longer list of nutrients than you might initially think.

French Beans Fry
Lubna - Yummy Food
Bangalore, India


A hot and sassy condiment is worth the grind when
your mouth instantly waters just from reading about it.

Peanut Chutney
Lubna - Yummy Food
Bangalore, India


Tomatoes and toovar dal dance a tangy tango for any
audience appreciative of a great culinary performance.

Lubna - Yummy Food
Bangalore, India


Colorful red, yellow and black pulses simmer
down to a creamy, comforting curry that will
warm your heart with thoughts of Mom.

Maa Di Dal
Happy Cook - My Kitchen Treasures


A magician in the kitchen conjures up a simple
soup sure to satisfy lovers of Latin flavors.

Pinto Bean and Vegetable Soup
Ben - What's Cooking?
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.


Broken-up veggie burgers meet a can
of kidney beans for a chili as high on
protein and tastes as it is convenient.

Vegetarian Chili
Super Chef - Mirch Masala

A Punjabi spice mixture punches up the heat of delicate bean
sprouts bubbling carefully with easy-to-find ingredients.

Sabat Moong
Meera - Enjoy Indian Food


Put that carton down! Wouldn't you
like to try your hand at milking
your own soybeans, just this once?

Homemade Soybean Milk
Lucy - Nourish Me
Melbourne, Australia


Touring the Indian landscape is fun but tiring. Thank goodness for
a refueling of rustic beans to carry you through to your next stop.

Mah Ki Dal
Sunshine Mom - Tongue Ticklers


Gorgeous green chickpeas can be prepared in many meals, but you'll
want to take a closer look before you get down to cooking them up.

Hara Chana
Bee and Jai - Jugalbandi
The Northwest, U.S.A.


Red and yellow wave a flag of tasty flavor and a trace nutrient
reported to enhance the heat in your own personal furnace.

Red Beans and Yellow Pepper Stir-Fry
PG - My Kitchen Stories
Hamburg, Germany


Giant creamy beans muscle into a meal guaranteed
to stick to your ribs as well as your satisfied tastebuds.

Rangooni Val Curry
Pavithra - Pakashale
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.


A famous five-spice mixture mixes well
with mustard oil and masoor dal. It
will make you go "Mmmmmm...."

Simply Seasoned Red Lentils
Soma - e Curry
Plano, Texas, U.S.A.


Although your tongue might twist pronouncing this BBB masala,
it won't be able to stop talking up its roasted AAA flavor.

Bisi Bele Bhath
Sia - Monsoon Spice


Slow roasting out-of-season tomatoes lends a rustic, summer
taste to a three-bean salad you will never find on your grocer's shelf.

Winter Panzanella with Preserved Albacore Tuna
Greg - Sippity-Sup
Hollywood, California, U.S.A.


Alms for the poor turn out to be a dish rich in recalling
a grandfather's storytelling at the family lunch table.

Boiragi Dal
Sharmistha - Cook-A-Doodle-Do
Hyderabad, India


Crispy, thick potato patties call out for traditional chickpea
gravy but won't complain with a fast and fuss-free alternative.

Spicy Red Kidney Beans
Apu - Annarasa (Cookbook Winner)


Crinkly kale and golden chickpeas are as glamorous and
colorful a combo as they are vibrant with nutrition.

Chickpeas and Kale Stir-Fry
Sig - Live to Eat
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


A pretty assortment of pastel pulses, as smooth as ancient
pebbles, furthers the argument that beans are the rocks of ages.

Rock Soup
Ricki (my sister-in-law)
Delaware, U.S.A.


1 bag 16-bean soup mix (reserve seasoning for another use)
32 ounces beef broth
2 cups water
14 ounces crushed, canned tomatoes
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
1 large onion
5 stalks celery with leaves
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (corn, carrot, peas and green beans)
1/2 pound beef stir-fry meat
1 teaspoon olive oil

Soak beans per instructions on the bag. Chop onion and celery, and cut meat into small cubes. Put olive oil in stock pot. Add onions, celery and meat, and brown until almost burnt. Add red pepper flakes and herbes de Provence, mix well, and cook 1 minute more. Stir in crushed tomatoes. Add broth and water. Add soaked beans, stir to combine, bring to boil, then turn down to simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Add frozen vegetables and cook 10 minutes more. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread. Makes 6 servings.


Generous splashes of lime juice and spices lend tang and heat to
a kidney bean and kale dish with distinctive Middle Eastern kick.

Someone's crunching in the kitchen. You'd be, too, on a batch of
brown clusters of split chickpeas and cabbage from the fry pan.

Chana Cabbage Pakoda
Seema - My Endeavors
Pune, Maharashtra, India


You can take the chorizo out of the stew, but you can't take out the
smoky flavor of a pot of lentils infused with the warmth of paprika.

Stewed Lentils
Olga - Olga's Recipes
Barcelona, Spain


Chunky chickpeas are puréed into a savory, cilantro-flecked
paste for making burgers that think they are also buns.

The Perfect Veggie Burger
Arika - My Yummy Life
Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.A.


Hot, sour and rich, a dal-based condiment can
contribute complete protein when paired with rice.

Kadle Bele Chutney
Mythreyee - Paajaka Recipes
Cupertino, California, U.S.A.


A little bit of this and a little bit of that equal a lot of good
eating when a cook tinkers to meet her particular standards.

Purè di Cannellini
Simona - Briciole
California, U.S.A.


Chopped golden peanuts crown a crowd of creamy-sweet
cupcakes that a mother and daughter can love.

Peanut-Topped Chocolate Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting
Michelle - Big Black Dogs
Northern Illinois, U.S.A.


A classic Asian bean paste fills the bill for Lenten fare
as it fills layer upon layer of delicate pancakes.

Shrove Tuesday Crêpe Cake
Christine - Kits Chow
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


As dark and lustrous as black pearls, an Indian pulse
creates a family favorite that is a jewel of a meal.

Black Masoor Dhal
Renuka - Fusion
Tamilnadu, India


Red bean curry is just the comforting cure when
working hard in the kitchen is the last thing on your mind.

Swapna - Cooking with Swapna


Ring molds make easy, minimalist elegance of
colorful, spiced towers of textures and tastes.

No matter what their origin, light and spicy crêpes ground
from fast-sprouting beans will make your mouth water.

Rachana - The Gourmet Launchpad


Slipping beans out of their skins is worth the work when you
have a lusciously spiced, nutty curry to look forward to.

Val Curry
Homecooked - Home Cooked


Pesto's uniquely aromatic nuttiness enriches a traditional
Italian soup that will have you happy to stir the pot.

A Middle Eastern repast is ultra rich in iron when
prepared with the lovely green lentil from Le Puy.

Rustic home renovations are hard on everyone, but everyone can be
easily restored with a timeless classic of seasoned peas and pork.

Split Peas with Bacon and Onion
Katie - Thyme for Cooking, The Blog
Lot et Garonne, France


Chickpeas, fresh herbs and feta feel just right when
paired with a shimmering glass of juice from the grape.

Chickpea Salad
Kirstin - Vin de la Table
Oakland, California, U.S.A.


Four different peppers make their nuances
known in a lively, confetti-colored meal
that refuses to hold back the heat.

Mexican Style Rice and Beans
A & N - Delectably Yours,
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.


Disenchanted with restaurant renditions, a cook confirms
that when it comes to the best recipe, there is no place like home.

Dal Makhani
Nags - Edible Garden


What's in a name? A stew by any other name would
taste as sumptuously savory were it not Spanish called.

Mung, chiles and fennel join delicious forces
for a meal of moderate heat and maximum flavor.

Sprouted Mung Dhal with Fennel Seeds and Ginger
Snjezana - 101 Dalmatian Cats
Republic of Croatia


Looking a little red in the face lately? Maybe it's that
ferocious yet compelling curry decidedly not for cowards.

Super Hot and Spicy Kolhapuri Misal
Sia - Monsoon Spice


Protein-packed pancakes couldn't be easier than
a three-ingredient batter poured on a hot griddle.

Green Peas Dosa
Rama - Foodzest's Weblog


A richly-spiced, rusty-red curry with a touch of
tang is only minutes in the delicious making.

Rajma Curry
Trupti - Recipe Center


A thin drizzle of ketchup is all you need
to decorate healthy vegetarian burgers
generously seasoned with fresh cilantro.

Chickpea Cutlets
Mahimaa - Indian Vegetarian Kitchen


A serendipitous find on a vegetable cart lightens the load
during a trudge through town while running errands.

Warm Broad Bean and Feta Salad
Sra - When My Soup Came Alive
Chennai, India


When it comes to chickpeas simmering in fragrant Italian
ingredients, one woman's soup is another woman's pasta.

Pasta e Ceci
TBC - The Budding Cook


Peas and potatoes make an especially pleasing pair
when fried up in patties of warm spices and fresh herbs.

Flat and pale mochakottai beans mix nicely with
chunks of fresh okra fried up in an oil of bright spices.

Bhindi-Mocha Masala
Radha - In Kitchen


Large and plump beans are pretty painted with pink, but more
beautiful still when stewed in a thick, spiced vegetable gravy.

Double Beans
Arundathi - My Food Blog


The raging blaze of eighteen tiny Thai chiles is brought
under control in a rich gravy of coconut, buttermilk and cream.

Paruppu Urundai Moru Kulambo
Rajee - Simply Innocence
Coppell, Texas, U.S.A.


Chickpeas bubbling in coconut milk is not the only soup
brought to the table for a home party of casual culinary sharing.

Pepper Coconut Corn Chowder
Kelly - The Pink Apron
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.


Burnished flavors and colors blend in a spicy, sour
gravy teaming toor dal with ripe red tomatoes.

Tomato Pappu
Pooja - Sai Kitchen


A thoughtful mom crafts handmade and wholesome burgers that keep
a son and his friends content while waiting for winter to end.

Green Peas and Lentil Burgers
Uma - Vegan Orbit
New York, U.S.A.


A taste worth acquiring, bitter gourd belies a wealth
of health benefits hidden beneath its spiny skin.

Pitla Pavakka
Poornima - Tasty Treats
Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.


Naturally sour green mangoes make an already
tasty red lentil recipe particularly lipsmacking.

Masoor Dal with Green Mangoes
Sandeepa - Bong Mom's Cookbook
New Jersey, U.S.A.


Traveling the long journey from China to Germany,
soybeans enjoy a rousing makeover in an Indian kitchen.

Revisiting the best of far-away family homecooking is
sometimes as close as the frozen-food case of your grocer.

Avarekai Sambar
Sree - Happy Cooking



  1. That is one treasure trove of legume dishes Susan, gorgeous photos. Whole post is very festive, I must say. Good job, thanks for taking time! :)

  2. What an incredible superabundance of fantastic legume dishes! I am so thrilled to see several I can make on this list, too. And once again, apologies for not contributing time round (but I'll pretend that the other Ricki was filling in for me!) ;)

  3. Wow - this is a round-up of epic proportions! Thank you!

    I love Ricki's Rock Soup painting. It's so delicate and beautiful.

  4. I never cease to be amazed by the number and variety of dishes at every round-up and this is the eighth season.
    I think we can safely say legumes rule the world!

  5. What an effort again, Susan :) Thank you!

  6. Thanks for the wonderful lentil tour:)

  7. You have done a fantastic job yet again, Susan! I just love how you introduce us to each one of the recipes. Thank you!:)

  8. Goodnes!!! What an elaborate and fantastic round up!!! Kudos to you...and the huge collection of recipes...WOW!

  9. yet again, a fabulous round up!!! thanks for taking time to do this :)

  10. Wow, what an amazing line-up, there are just so many of thse dishes that I want to try! I think this line-up will require several visits :)

  11. MLLA is a best way to sing ode to this humble legumes. i am amzed at the variety of dishes we can come up with these lentils/legumes. susan, thank you once again for coming up with this fantastic theme and round-ups :)

  12. wow - thats a huge round-up!! i have so many tabs open now... off to check them out! thanks so much!

  13. AMAZING SUSAN! Such a successful event! Love the way you introduce each dish. Gosh, I am inspired to try out so many of the recipes. Thanks for including me and the black calypsos.

  14. What an impressive collection of legume recipes! Thanks for taking the time to put this together Susan. Certainly, My Legume Love Affair is one of my very favorite food events.

  15. Wow wat a bunch of delicious legume dishes...Great work Susan!!

  16. Now that
    is an impressive collection of leguminous goodness.

    Susan, I say this every time, but your particular way of presenting and introducing each entrant with such care and style just blows me away. Thank you.

    Ricki's painting is wonderful!

  17. Wow it is indeed a legume affaire here and all delicious ones.
    Each dish look so delicious that it would be really difficult to choose one to make.

  18. As I struggle to say something different from the last time and from others, I give up and just echo everyone else - great collection of recipes, hard work very well executed and bringing in the personal element that always warms the cockles of my heart ... thank you.

  19. Wonderful array of splendor!Well worth the wait!I cant wait to try so many of those great recipes!Thanx for having me aswell as to all the participants on expanding my culinary knowledge! :) Mia

  20. Wow what a round-up! Thanks for hosting / organizing and posting all of these :)

  21. This is an incredible set of posts! WOW!

  22. As always, beautifully put together, Susan. What a great resource this is!

  23. I actually have a folder dedicated to this event. So many great ideas.

  24. Thanks, Asha. It does take a lot of time, but the results are deliciously in.

    Ricki - Thanks. No worries about participation; I don't believe in pressuring anyone.

    Maninas - Thanks. I'll let Ricki know should she not read the comments herself. : } (And you know how much I love your snow scene.)

    Aparna - : D Legume possibilities are limitless.

    A & N - Thanks...and you are very welcome.

    Harini - Happy to. Your turn will come. : }

    Thanks, TBC. Very sweet of you to say.

    SGD - Thanks. January's event was even more popular, thanks to Srivalli of Cooking 4 All Seasons.

    Superchef - Thank you!

    Holler - Thanks. Aren't they fantastic? I am in awe of them.

    Sia - Thanks. I'm very happy the event has struck a chord with so many people. Makes all the work worth it.

    Arundathi - You are very welcome!

    Thanks, Lori Lynn. But, of course, your recipe would be included...

    Lisa - Thanks. At a rate of one-a-week, you could cook for nearly two years on this round-up alone.

    Thank you, Priya!

    Lucy - TA, TA, and more TA. : }

    Happy Cook - Thanks. Oh, there's no way I could pick just one!

    Thanks, dear Sra, always.

    Mia - Thank you! I'm very glad to have had your fine rice & lentil dish included.

    Giff - Thanks! Good to have you join in. Happy New Baby!

    Hi, Maris! Good to see you. Thanks so much for the kudos.

    Vaishali - Thank you!

    Cynthia - Now that's flattering to everyone!

  25. Another round of Fab round up..great job Susan!

  26. What a tremendous, beany resource. So many dishes bookmarked! Thanks for creating this great event. Beans are certainly on our table a lot!

  27. I always look forward to the roundup even if I can't post every month. THanks!

  28. Hi Susan, what a fabulous array of lucious legumes! So many new and interesting dishes to try -- thanks for all of your efforts :)

  29. wow, so many legume dishes! Thanks for this wonderful event Susan!