Pressure Cooker Seasoned Black Beans Recipe

22 Jul

I had never cooked with black beans before as I always bought canned ones from the store. I was very surprised as to how easy and flavorful it was cooking at home.  Making your own is a better option than the cans considering from a health safety point of view. You can refrigerate or freeze the beans for later use. I made this recipe a couple of time now with and without oil and you cannot tell much of a difference.

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One know fact about Goan cuisine is it does not use black beans neither did I see them in stores growing up. My husband has made an effort (with his wife’s helps 🙂  ) to eat more greener. He has been eating almost 90% plant-based diet and I must admit it can be monotonous if not being creative. It is also hard work and has to be planned. Since we do eat a lot of leafy green salads I am always looking for some protein to be included and black beans along with garbanzo beans are my goto.

Please feel free to share your Black Beans Recipes in the comments section.


Serving Size: 4 cups


2 cups of overnight soaked black beans

4 cups water

1 tsp of whole cumin seeds

4 crushed cloves of garlic

1/2 tsp of red chilli powder (optional)

1 chopped small onion (optional)

3 tbsp of oil

1/8 tsp of baking soda

Salt to season


Add all the ingredients into a pressure cooker and cook for 25 minutes or 4 whistles.

Take off heat and let the pressure be released completely before you open the cooker to be safe.

Drain the liquid and save for making soup. Use black beans to make a variety of foods like rice, tostada, salad or more.




52 Responses to “Pressure Cooker Seasoned Black Beans Recipe”

  1. urbanmonique July 22, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    Hey, don’t know if you saw this or not, but it’s another very cool option –

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:46 pm #

      Thank You Much will check it out 🙂

  2. Divya Deepak Rao July 22, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    Wow! That looks so delicious! I’m going to try the tostadas Nandini:)
    I soak the beans at night too for the next day:)

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

      Thank You Divya so much. It cooks much faster when soaked 🙂

  3. Healthful-Kat July 22, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    nice pictures, looks yummy

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

      Thank You Much Kat 🙂

  4. Mr. Militant Negro July 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog 🙂

  5. sadiajay July 22, 2016 at 9:07 pm #

    Wow looks good 👌🏼

  6. ledrakenoir July 22, 2016 at 11:04 pm #

    Delicious… 🙂

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  7. youthfoodblog July 23, 2016 at 12:55 am #

    I like the idea of black bean. A very colorful and healthy recipe!

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

      Thank You Chris so much. It is indeed 🙂

  8. Stan the Man July 23, 2016 at 5:07 am #

    Hello Nandini!

    This black bean recipe looks ‘MAJESTIC’, And not to forget the ‘HEALTHY FACTOR’, Glad to know that You made a switch from ‘CANNED BEANS’ to cooking Your ‘OWN INDOORS’. Furthermore canned food maybe a ‘QUICK OPTION’ but not necessarily a ‘HEALTHY ONE’ I understand that it takes time to make Your own food.But ultimately it ‘PAYS OFF’..As the saying goes ‘NO PAIN NO GAINS’. Your presentation looks ‘ABSOLUTELY AMAZING’. I hate to say this, but in this day and age, this type of healthy and nutritious recipes don’t go down very well with the youngsters. They are very ‘RELUCTANT’ to consume their veggies.Or They eat under protest, if You like.I think We all have to consume a ‘HEALTHY DIET’ whether We like it or not. Ignoring salads/veggies is not an option. Otherwise, I am afraid We are heading towards a ‘COLOSSAL MEDICAL CATASTROPHE’, .I also like the idea of being able to refrigerate the beans for later use. LUCKILY I love MY SALADS. Again let Me praise You for the pictures.They look real. I am going to shoot emails to My ‘BUDDIES’ in the UK. I think We all got a DUTY/RESPONSIBILITY TO EDUCATE/MOTIVATE OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING INTO EATING HEALTHY. The weather in the UK is very’TORRID’. I don’t like the heat, I prefer the cold. And finally, I for one will definitely try this black bean recipe. At that ‘LET ME PULL THE PLUG,



    Stan de Man

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

      Thank You Mr Stan. We definitely need a balanced diet else the medical insurance companies may be very happy and we all don’t wont that 🙂

  9. ggstratton July 23, 2016 at 5:29 am #

    Looks really yummy. Great pics too. Homemade black beans are wonderful. They make goo hummus as well although the color is a little funky. Have a great day 🙂

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      Thank for sharing the info. I never thought of hummus 🙂

  10. Ruchisvegkitchen July 23, 2016 at 10:13 am #

    Wow looks delicious

  11. Vonnie July 23, 2016 at 10:45 am #

    what does the baking soda do?

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

      Vonnie based on my understanding it is used mostly to soften the beans faster and decrease cooking time.

  12. Mary J. McCoy-Dressel July 23, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    I’ve never been a fan of black beans but you make them look delicious! I Love the tostada idea, Nandini.

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

      Thank You Mary so much. I too wasn’t a great fan initially until I read it had more fibre and protein than other beans 🙂

  13. amusingword July 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    The first time I cooked a batch of 15 Bean and Ham Soup I thought I had black beetles in the soup due to the skins of the black beans splitting down the middle and/0r curling up to look like insect legs and wing coverings! But of course I found out they were not insects at all! I was grossed out and removed what I thought were the insects, then ate the soup of course! It just happened again and I know it’s a natural ignorance…. LOL

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

      Lol!!! loved you description of overcooked beans. I think I too would be scared 🙂

  14. Love Served Daily July 23, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    Looks perfect

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      Thank You so much Ritu 🙂

  15. swapnakarthik July 24, 2016 at 12:52 am #

    Making me hungry…Love your photos too….

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 4:08 pm #

      Thank You Swapna so much 🙂

  16. Deb July 24, 2016 at 3:42 am #

    These look delicious. I love black beans. Will try this recipe out…though will have to do it without a pressure cooker so it will take a lot longer to cook.

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      Thank You Deb so much. If you soak it overnight it will be much faster even if you dont have a cooker.

      • Deb July 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

        Good idea. Will do that.

  17. Nancy July 24, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    Looks Fab! I love black beans 🙂

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

      Thank You so much Nancy 🙂

  18. savvysouthindian July 24, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    Looks so appetizing

    • Nandini July 25, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

      Thank you so much 🙂

  19. theladyconfidentialblog July 26, 2016 at 1:27 am #

    Looks yummy 👌

  20. Linda Fernandes July 26, 2016 at 4:53 am #

    Wooooow so inviting and gorgeous Nadnini

  21. Mallee Stanley July 26, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    Love anything with cumin seeds.

    • Nandini July 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

      That is awesome to known Mallee 🙂

  22. thegreentreefashioncafe July 27, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    looks really delicious!

    • Nandini July 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm #

      Thank You so much 🙂

  23. laflor5233 July 27, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

    I’m not a big fan of black beans, but the tostada you created looks very tasty.

    • Nandini July 29, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

      Thank You so much. My kids enjoy the colorful tostada 🙂

  24. 9recipes September 7, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks for your sharing! Have a nice day

    • Nandini September 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      You are so welcome and Thank You 🙂

  25. Candice~Marie October 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    I have recently switched from canned black beans to dried beans. I got a huge bag of organic dried beans from Costco. I make them and freeze them for other recipes that has black beans in it. It’s workin’ so far! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nandini October 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

      You are so welcome Candice….I too am happy to be finally making my own 🙂

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