I found this great cookbook on vegetarian recipes in the library. Its called ‘The Art of Vegetarian cooking‘ by Yamuna Devi. I find most of the recipes very interesting and delicious and very different from normal, everyday, mundane stuff. None of the recipes contain onions, garlic or eggs plus are not smothered in heavy cream. Written by a person who was not born in India, but spent a considerable amount of time there learning the intricacies of the Indian cusine and mastering it. Hats off to her!!
One of the first recipes I tries form the book was a green beans curry, cooked in a poppy- yogurt sauce. It was so good, that it got me hooked to the book. The recipe calls for some nutmeg powder, which I the ultra conservative would never have dreamed of adding to anything that was not sweet. Boy! How wrong I was…..
1. Green beans- about 1 lb, washed and broken into 2 inch pieces
2. Poppy seeds( khus khus)- 3 TBsp, powdered
3. Green chilies- 4 to 5
4. Ginger- 1/2 inch
5. Cumin seeds- 1/2 Tsp
6. Coriander leaves- 4 sprigs
5. Yogurt- 3/4 cup
6. Cooking oil- 3 Tbsp
7. Curry leaves- a sprig
8. Nutmeg powder- 1/4 Tsp( preferably fresh)
9. Salt to taste
Steam the cut beans till they are just done. Grind together the yogurt, poppy seeds powder, green chilies, cumin, ginger and coriander leaves. Mix the paste well with the cooked green beans.
In a kadhai, heat the oil and add the curry leaves. After a few seconds, add the green beans, salt and nutmeg powder. Stir well, and cook without covering till the liquid almost dries up. Serve with hot phulkas or any kind of roti.