Sunday, June 3, 2012

Green Beans Stir Fry with Indian Spices

This is a dish I grew up eating. It's a yummy easy way to make green beans very tasty.  This is a version of beans poriyal but it is modified with much less coconut or can be made without the coconut -- it is delicious.  It takes only about 20 minutes.

Green Beans 2 handfuls (ends clipped)
Vegetable oil - 2 tablespoons
Dry Whole Spices:
Kalonji (onion seeds) 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Mustard Seeds 1 tsp
Kosher Salt

2-3 Thai green chilli (make slits so they dont pop in the oil)
Cilantro - small bunch
Coconut - 1 tablespoon (frozen grated works well)

1) Heat oil and sautee all three whole spices. Wait till you hear the popping noises.
2) Reduce heat to medium.  Add 2 green chillies and cilantro. Cover immediately.
3) Add beans, toss  and cover.  Add kosher salt to taste.
4) In the next 15 minutes, toss every 3 minutes but mostly let it be covered and on low to medium. You could be hearing crackling noises and this is fine.  Extend time to another 5 to 10 minutes if you need -- this depends on how tender the green beans are.
5) Sprinkle coconut (optional).
6) Garnish with cilantro and Enjoy! 

Ground Turkey Keema

Turkey is a high protein meat with much less fat than other meats.  It is also a great source of protein (40% in a serving), Iron, Vitamin B3 and B6.  This dish can serves as a perfect filling for Turkey Tacos by just topping with chopped onions, grated cheese and pico de gallo.

Ground Turkey (approximately 1 lb fresh pack from Whole Foods)
Red onion half chopped
Garlic - 3 cloves chopped fine
Ginger - 1 tsp chopped fine
Frozen peas - 1/4 cup

Turmeric 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 2 tsp
Cinnamon stick - small
3 Cardamom
1 bay leaf

1) Heat oil and sautee whole spices (cinnamon,bay leaf, cardamom)
2) Two minutes later, add garlic, ginger, onion. Sautee.
3) Around 3 minutes later, add the masalas (turmeric, red chilli, coriander)
4) Next add 2 tablespoons of tomato paste (from can) and 1/4 cup of water. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes till the spices mix well creating a flavorful and rich sauce
5) Add the turkey and stir. Add salt to taste
6) Add 1/4 cup fresh peas
7) Cover and simmer for 15 minutes
Garnish with cilantro ir scallions and serve with rice or as a taco filling. A chilled radish and cucumber salad (also shownk) is also a good accompaniment.