Friday, 8 February 2013

Edamame Subzi (Soybean Curry)

As vegetarians, we're always out on the hunt for healthy foods to keep up our protein levels, and reduce our carbohydrate intake. One of the best ways of doing this, as I've recently discovered, is by eating this wonder bean - Edamame. It's delicious as is, but it's also versatile, in that you can create many dishes with this bean, that you would ordinarily create with something less healthy, like potatoes, red kidney beans, or chickpeas.

Fact: Peanuts boiled and salted are ADDICTIVE. Cracking the shells one by one, and snacking away at it for hours, go completely unnoticed. By the time you're snapped back to reality, the whole packet's gone, and you're wondering how that ever happened? But with Edamame, that guilty conscience doesn't kick in, because we can snack on something just as tasty and addictive, that's way healthier than boiled peanuts, for a fraction of the fat and carbs, and double the protein! I couldn't possibly ask for a better snack, and I've been addicted to it since I discovered it 6 months ago.

I've tried many dishes with shelled edamame and yesterday, I tried a simple curry with it and it was delicious! We had it with some parathas and were full pretty quickly! Quite a simple recipe...

1 packed shelled edamame (150 grams)
1 large onion
2 tablespoons of tomato puree/crushed tomatoes/diced tomatoes
5 - 6 curry leaves (karuvapellai)
1 teaspoon of jeera (cumin seeds)
1 teaspoon of kadugu (mustard seeds)
1 tablespoon of garam masala
1/2 teaspoon of (manja podi) turmeric and perungaayam (asafoetida)
1 teaspoon of chilli powder (add more to make it spicier!)
1 cup of low fat milk

NOTE: I had some cooked Toor Daal (Thoram Paruppu) left over from the morning, so I threw that in too! It was just as good!

Slice onions into small long pieces.
Heat oil, add jeera and mustard seeds. Wait till they turn golden brown. Add asafoetida, turmeric, onions and curry leaves.
Stir till onions are translucent and fragrant.
Add garam masala and chilli powder. 
Add tomato puree and allow to cook for 5 mins. Add a tiny bit of water if necessary to maintain gravy.
After 5 mins, add shelled edamame and stir in well. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
Now add the 1 cup of low fat milk. Stir in well, and close the lid. Let this cook for a good 15 minutes on a medium flame.
After 15 minutes, check the consistency, if it is too thick, and a few spoons of water and stir well.
Add salt to taste. 
Mix well and serve. Goes well with rice, paratha, roti or even by itself! We loved it with some cold curd rice :)

Enjoy :)

This healthy and delicious snack was devoured while listening to another classic beautiful tune - Aye Hairathe from Guru. 

"Aye hairathe aashiqui, jagaa math,
Pairon se zameen zameen, lagaa math
Aye hairathe aashqui..
Kyun urdu faarsi bolte ho?
Kyun urdu faarsi bolte ho?
Dus kehte he, do tolte ho,
Jhooton ke shehenshaah, bolo na...!

Kahiin jaako meri aankhein, 
Sunaaye ek daastaan,
Jo honton se, kholo na!"

What a cute way to tease other, lovingly! Simply brilliant!