It was a fun event and brought out all the towns cultural representatives. There was Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, as well as an Indian family whom I’ve never seen before and us.
Overjoyed with the good Indian food I started firing questions at the poor unsuspecting matriarch. What market do you go to? In Minneapolis? In Fargo? What I most wanted to ask her was, Can I come over to your house and cook with you? But by the look of apprehension on her face I knew I had already crossed the line.
Inspired, I came home and found a recipe with all the flavors and smells I imagined filled her kitchen as well as one that could use the freshly-dug potatoes from my garden. This recipe is pretty easy and goes fast so have everything ready before beginning otherwise you run the risk of burning the spices.
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 whole small dried red chiles
- 1 pound new potatoes, cut in half if large and quartered
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 pound green beans, end trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 cup chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 medium tomatoes, cut in half and sliced
- 1 cup cooked garbanzo beans
- lemon wedges for serving
- Heat oil in a large, high-sided frying pan with a lid over medium-high heat. Once shimmering, add mustard seed, cumin seed and dried chiles. As soon as mustard seeds begin to pop (a few seconds) add potatoes.
- Fry potatoes, stirring occasionally, until they start to brown a little. Add cayenne pepper, cumin, coriander, turmeric and sugar. Stir to coat potatoes in the spices. Add green beans and garlic and cook a few minutes more. Add chicken stock and 1 teaspoon salt, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, remaining salt and garbanzo beans and simmer, uncovered for another 10 minutes. Taste and add more salt if desired. Serve with lemon wedges and steamed rice.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 661mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 7g