All the recent talk about meat and vegetables made me really crave one of my favourite dishes: Green bean curry! It may sound kind of lame, but it is seriously one of the best curries I've ever had, and I've had lots! While the carnivore in me loves Beef curry, this vegetarian/vegan (maybe?) option definitely gives it a run for it's money! It's a relatively simple and cost effective recipe that a beginner chef should be able to master quite easily! Here's a picture of all of the ingredients I use to make it:
2ish lbs. of Green beans, sliced down the middle. Or just in half, if you're lazy (aka me 99% of the time)
1 whole yellow onion, chopped
1 whole bulb of garlic, minced (I use my mini food processor!)
2 tbsp. minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp. cumin (ground or whole works fine, but I'd use a little less if they're whole seeds)
2 tbsp. black mustard seed (yellow is an acceptable substitute)
1/2 tsp. turmeric, mostly for colour (DON'T overdo the turmeric, its very bitter!). It's kind of optional, but I always use it.
3 tbsp. canola or olive oil (or any other similar oil)
salt, to taste.
Chili flakes, or whole chilies if you have them (optional). I prefer Thai ones.
1. Heat up the oil in a large sauce pan at medium, add mustard seed and cumin. Cook until mustard seeds start to "pop".
2. Add onions, saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger, cook for another 3-4 minutes.
3. Add all of the green beans and saute for 5 minutes. This is when you can add turmeric, chillies and salt!
4. Add about 2 cups of water, or enough to almost cover all of the beans.
5. Turn stove down to medium-low and let most of the moisture cook off.
6. Once the moisture has cooked off, the beans should be soft. Now let everything kind of fry up in the pan and caramelize. The beans should be kind of crispy and the onions should be pretty caramelized.
7. Serve with rice, roti, naan, whatevs!
I hope you guys enjoy this recipe! It's seriously as easy as it sounds. :)