There are so many different kinds of beans to try

If you choose to celebrate National Bean Day by trying a few different kinds of beans, you’ll have a whole bunch of them to sample. Green string beans, pinto beans, navy beans, black beans, and red kidney beans are among the most popular types of beans!

Beans are an economical source of protein

If you’re looking to save a bit of money on your food bill, beans are among the most cost effective foods you can eat. And if you’re looking for a source of protein that’s quite a bit cheaper than beef or chicken, beans are the answer. A cooked bean’s weight is between 6% and 11% protein.

Beans aren’t just for dinner

Some kinds of beans are best served for dessert. Jelly beans are one of the most popular candies around. There’s even a chilli flavour of Jelly Belly jelly beans!

A recipe for a delicious beans curry!


  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • a pinch of cumin seeds
  • a pinch of mustard seeds
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • ½ cup dry lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon leaf masala
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • teaspoon of tomato paste
  • 1 can of sugar beans
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • salt and pepper to taste

You may add your choice of protein.


Heat the oil in the pot and add garlic and onions and a little water. Allow the onions to soften. Then add all dry spices including cumin, curry leaves and mustard seeds, allow to simmer.

Add some more water to your pot and allow the spices to further simmer. Add your cans of beans to the pot and simmer, add salt and pepper to taste.