Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lima Beans Curry

Lima beans are also called as butter beans , they are flat and have a delicate flavor. They are very versatile and can be cooked as a curry or served cooked as a salad ingredient too. They are  packed with nutrients and are said to have more potassium than red kidney beans.

Lima Bean Curry

500 gm Lima beans
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
2 cups water
4 tsp oil
2 to 3 cloves
1 inch stick cinnamon
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain seeds)
1/4 tsp asafetida (hing powder)
2 to 3 dried red chilies
2 to 3 star anise
1/4 cup cashews
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp jaggery ( sugar molasses)

1.Wash and soak the Dried Lima beans overnight.Next day pressure cook  beans with 2 cups of water and 1 tsp salt.
2. In a pan heat oil,add cumin seeds, allow seeds to splutter,add in cloves, cinnamon stick,carom seeds, asafetida,curry leaves and cashews and add in the boiled Lima beans.Add in the seasoning salt,red chili powder and turmeric.Add lemon juice and jaggery.
3. Continue to cook over medium heat for another 10 to 15 minutes.Garnish with some more cashews and star anise. Enjoy with white /brown rice or Indian bread.


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