I’ve recently begun to dabble with a little Ayurvedic cooking. I picked up the book, Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing and have been enjoying it quite a bit! One of the great surprises is just how inexpensive it is to cook following Ayurvedic principles as bulk ingredients at my local indian grocer are quite inexpensive. For example, I purchased a big bag of Tumeric for just a couple dollars that probably would have cost somewhere around $533,493 at Whole Foods.
Anyway, I know there are some other folks out there who enjoy Ayurvedic cooking. I thought we could use this thread to share some of our favorite recipes My favorite thus far:
[B]Green Bean Subji[/B]
4 cups green beans, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped fine
1 tablespoon shredded coconut
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons safflower oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon tumeric
1 pinch hing
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon masala powder or cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
Snap off the ends of the beans and slice on the diagonal into very small pieces about 1/4 inch long. Wash the beans twice.
Puree the garlic, ginger, coconut, cilantro, and water in a blender. Set aside.
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and hing. When the seeds pop, add the tumeric, masala powder, and chopped onion. Stir until the onion is soft and slightly brown. Add the blended mixture, salt, and green beans. Cover and simmer on low heat until tender, about 5-10 minutes.