Sunday, February 5, 2012

Tingalavre Song (Spicy White beans Curry)

Tingalavre Song is another favorite dish of Konkanis. "Song" in general, is a very spicy dish. It can be made with or without coconut. The following recipe is without coconut. I got this recipe from my husband. 
In one of my earlier posts, I had posted Bibbe Song. The basic ingredients for both the recipes is almost same. Just that instead of mustard, garlic is used here. Addition of garlic gives it a different twist. Try this variation and enjoy!

  • Tingalavro/White beans*- 1 cup
  • Onion, medium sized- 1
  • Garlic pods- 3-4
  • Potato, medium sized- 1
  • Tomato, medium sized- 1
  • Red Chilli powder- To taste
  • Oil- 2-3 Tbsp
  • Salt- To taste
*You can as well use black eye peas or kidney beans instead of white beans.


Soak the white beans for 8 hours.

Now chop onion, potato and tomato into desired shape and size (white beans requires more time to cook. So I made it in a cooker). Heat oil in a cooker. Once it gets heated, add chopped onions and chopped garlic. 

Fry for 3-4 minutes on a medium flame. Now add chopped potatoes. Continue frying for 2-3 minutes. Then add chopped tomato. Mix it well. 
Now add red chilli powder and salt. Mix it well. Finally add drained white beans.

Add water as required (Nearly 1-2 cups). Close the lid of the cooker and cook it until the whistle blows 3 times (by this time the potatoes will get over cooked. Don't worry. This gives thickness to the curry. I made the curry thick. You can adjust the thickness after opening the lid. If adding water/want to remove water, bring it a boil for few minutes. If the curry has become very spicy, then you can add little bit of tamarind pulp). Tingalavre Song is ready!!

Serve it hot with rice, dosa or rotis. Above measurement serves 2-3 people.


  1. Very tasty and yummy recipe. Can we not first get white beans alone cooked in cooker and then add to the potato etc.after removing it from cooker. Anyway thanks for sharing real GSB Kinkani yummy dish with readers.

  2. Yes Narayan, you can do that too. I just made it as a one pot curry. Glad you liked it. Let me know if you try :-)