Wednesday, April 25, 2012

White Bean Curry with Lemon Balm

Yes, Lemon balm. What is lemon balm, you ask? It is a very fragrant herb that looks like mint (same family) and is great for tea, homemade beauty products, and for cooking. You can substitute basil or cilantro in this recipe.

This took about 40 minutes total. Makes about 4 servings.

1 cup jasmine rice, cooked
1 onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 can coconut milk
1 can small white beans
2 cups sliced bell peppers
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup lemon balm leaves, finely chopped
1 tbs oil

Saute the onion and carrot in oil until just soft. Add the peppers, spices and beans, and let cook for a few minutes, stirring to keep it from sticking. You will soon be able to smell the peppers. Then add the coconut milk and cover it, letting it cook for 5-10 minutes, until vegetables are soft. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon balm. Let it sit for a minute, then add the rice. Serve steaming hot.

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