Sunday, April 19, 2009

Indian Green Beans

Hmmm....I really do not mind this vegetarian dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Another recipe that I've picked up from A's mom - we (me and YJ) call it by the name, Indian Green Beans. Hahahaha....that's another dish without a formal name. And the ingredients are almost similar to Indian Spicy Chickpeas.

Indian Green Beans
Ingredients: green bean sliced, 4-5 shallots sliced, 2-3 garlic minced, 1-2tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp turmeric, butter, salt, 1tbsp oil, freshly ground black pepper, sprinkle of red chili pepper flakes

Directions: Add butter and 1tbsp oil to a frying pan, add in minced garlic, shallots saute till fragrant. Add in green beans and saute till green beans and onions are slightly tender/onions caramelized. Add the spices. Salt to taste. Cook for about 10 mins in low-heat pan (note: if too dry, add some water). Add in some freshly ground black pepper and red chili pepper flakes, mix well.

Imagine having traditional turkeys with these. Does it not bring a new revived flavor to year-end traditional holiday feasting ?

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Egg and Shrimp Fried Rice with Broccoli Stems

Yes, thou shall not waste those broccoli stems. They can inject a hint of sweet to complement a dish such as Egg and Shrimp Fried Rice, or call it Broccostems Fried Rice.

Egg and Shrimp Fried Rice with Broccoli Stems
Broccoli stems thinly sliced(see 1st picture), shrimps, eggs, minced garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper, leftover cold rice

1. In lightly oiled pan, fry minced garlic and saute broccoli stems. When vegetable is cooked to tender (yet not overcooked to limpy), set aside.
2. In the same pan, add in some oil, then add in eggs to scramble it. Before the eggs are cooked, add in shrimps and rice and fry the rice (make sure mixed well with eggs and shrimps) at medium-high heat (Note: at low heat, the rice tends to stick to the pan).
3. Add in soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste
4. When fried rice is ready, you can add in the vegetables (and mix well). Note: Make sure you don't add all the gravy of the vegetables in there. Add in some gravy but not all. The rice will just absorb some moisture and flavor of the vegetable, yet not turn wet and soggy

How does it look ?

WHAaat? Using broccoli stems ? Is this poor man's fried rice? Rather, it is a "No-Waste" fried rice. If one can have "Emperor" Fried Rice, why not this as well?

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