Tuesday, August 17, 2010

curry potatoes in a noodle bean nest

On a trip to the Ferguson Farmer's market, I noticed something weird looking at the Earthdance Farms booth. What looked like really long green beans, the color of beets. They informed me they were called Red Noodle Beans.

I am a sucker for anything with the word "Noodle" in it, so I got a hearty handful of the crazy beans. What to do with them? I also got some of their adorable little fingerling potatoes. I love my potatoes curried, so that's what I went for. Originally I was gonna have the beans and potatoes all together, but then I thought I wanted to taste these freaky beans in a more pure state. Since they look like big noodles, why not use them as I would a big noodle, and put my curry on top of them?

Bonus: when I did this the beans looked like a birds nest and the tiny taters looked like eggs. I wish I could say I had planned this, but alas, it is an accidental occurrence of teh cute.

Curried Potatoes with Bean Nest

-3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
-1 medium white onion, chopped
-1/2 Tablespoon oil
-1 1/2 Tablespoons hot curry powder
-1 teaspoon ground ginger
-1 teaspoon coriander
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 lb. tiny little fingerling potatoes
-1 small yellow tomato, chopped, with juices
-salt & pepper

-red noodle beans, ends trimmed, blanched in salted boiling water for about 3-5 minutes.

Cook the garlic and onion in the oil in a skillet until soft and starting to brown. Add the spices and cook until everything is soft and fragrant. add the potatoes and tomato and about 1/2 cup of water. Cook until the potatoes are soft (fork-tender), adding small amounts of water as needed to keep everything from getting too dry. Serve over noodle beans.


KF said...

What do they taste like?

ironstef said...

KF, they tasted like green beans, but earthier.