Week 4 of our organic produce delivery was delivered on September 2, 2009. The contents of the box included – 1 head of broccoli, 1 large local beet, 2 local cucumbers, 3 local nectarines, grapes, 3 local apples, 5 carrots, 2 bananas, 1 local green pepper, green leaf lettuce, and local kale.
That night we decide to make a simple improv meal with a main course using mung beans, carrots from our box, and serrano peppers from our garden.
Ingredients used : 1 cup whole mung beans, 3 cups of sliced carrots, 2 serrano peppers, 2 teaspoons black mustard seeds, 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, 1/8 teaspoon asafetida, kosher salt to taste.
Begin with cooking the mung beans; cooking time will vary if you are using split mung beans. We used whole mung beans. Bring 1 cup of mung beans in 3 cups of water with a dash of salt to a boil, covered and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the water is absorbed and the mung beans are tender.
In the meantime prepare the rest of your ingredients. Peel and slice your carrots into thin rounds, seed and slice your serrano peppers and have your spices ready. We used 2 serrano peppers from our garden; they were extremely spicy and I was not sure if adding both would be give much heat, but combined with the rest of the ingredients it was not very spicy at all. I would consider adding more next time.
Once your mung beans are ready start cooking your vegetables. In a large wok over medium heat add a splash of olive oil, add one serrano pepper and 2 teaspoons of black mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds begin to pop add cumin seeds, asafetida, and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Stir in carrots and the other serrano and cook slightly until desired tenderness. Add cooked mung beans, salt to taste and eat.
This meal was made on the fly; it was tasty and very filling. Mung beans are a hearty addition to any meal, they can take the place of rice or be used in addition.