How to freeze legumes | Frozen beans

frozen beans

Salads always find a place in my everyday meal. I just take a little portion of some salad into my food daily. After registering into this Bluetiful world, almost all days my dinner will be salads. That doesn't mean i am crash dieting. I eat rice for lunch but everything in moderate quantity. The salad is quite filling one. I add a portion of legumes into the salad to make it more filling. Also for vegetarians, dals and legumes are good source of protein. So to make your salad filling and healthy legumes such as chickpeas, rajma, black channa etc. But the main problem with me is i keep on forgetting to soak the legumes overnight. Once a friend of mine told me she always soak in bulk and freeze it so that whenever kids ask her for chole, rajma masala or kala channa masala it will be easy for her to do. From that day i am using the same technique for my salads. Later i started telling to my friends who are registered to this bluetiful world. Then thought i can post this here, so that many of you can be benefited by this.  Check out my post on  salad dressing ideas. Also check the other salad recipes in jeyashris kitchen. 

How to freeze legumes

  Preparation Time : 5 mins+10 hours soaking | Cooking Time : nil |Serves: -

     Chickpeas | rajma | black beans    1 cup each

frozen legumes

  • Soak the beans overnight separately in a wide bowl. I used rajma, chickpeas and black beans. You can use peanuts, black channa and any other legume of your choice.
freezing of beans
  • Next day morning, wash it nicely and drain the water completely.  Drain the water in a colander and keep it for 5 minutes.
freezing of legumes
  • Put them in a separate zip lock covers and keep it inside the freezer. Keep this flat inside the freezer, so that it will not stick to each other after frozen and easily you can take them out too.
frozen beans
  • This can be kept inside the freezer for more than 2 weeks. Whenever you want you can take out the required portion and freeze it back. 
  • I mostly use this frozen beans for salads. 
frozen beans
  1. If you are cooking the beans and freezing it use it in 2-3 days. 
  2. Freeze it once it is completely cool.
  3. You can freeze karamani, mochai, thatta payaru, green peas, white peas also like this and store in the freezer. 

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  1. Super idea,searching for long time,even I too forget to soak the legumes. Can I store in airtight boxes instead of ziplock???...

  2. can you share some of the salad recipies that you make . will be of great help.thanks

  3. Thanks for sharing !!!..Looking forward for your salad recipes :)

    Have tried many of your dishes...last week i prepared peas kurma and it was a hit at my home

  4. nice useful post jeyashri. I also freeze legumes very often. It really helps when we have unexpected guests.

  5. Do you have to cook the frozen beans or use it directly on salads?

  6. Excellent idea for working women!

  7. Excellent idea for working women!

  8. Hi
    Nice and excellent post..

  9. what is the exact life of product

    1. Generally it stays good for 1-2 months, but i use up in a month.

  10. Hi the frozen beans stayed good even after 2 months. Gr8 post.