Indian Spiced Beans

I’m always on the lookout for a quick and tasty meal. Bonus points if it makes good leftovers. I made this one day for lunch when I was working from home and I knew it would be an instant hit. Since that random Thursday a few weeks ago, we’ve had this probably 5 times. The smell of garam masala blooming in a pan sends my mind straight to Indian food, which is a favorite in our house.

This meal comes together in a snap and it perfectly hearty for these long winter nights without being too heavy. I serve it over brown rice and used pinto beans the day I took this picture, but you could use whatever beans you have on hand. Since it calls for a 1/2 can of coconut milk, I just double the recipe and portion it out into single servings and freeze some for an even quicker meal in the future.

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Indian Spiced Beans

Yield: 2-4

Ingredients:

1 large onion, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 can pinto beans (any kind of beans would work here)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves

Directions:

Saute onion in oil. When the onion becomes transluscent add minced garlic cloves and garam masala. Cook for one minute or until the spices become fragrant.

Add beans, tomatoes, ginger, sugar, and salt. Let it cook for about fifteen minutes.

Pour in coconut milk. Heat until warmed. Add cilantro just prior to serving.

Recipe adapted from Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness

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9 Responses to “Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto”

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    Joelen — September 3, 2009 at 4:24 am

    This combines 2 of my husband’s loves – shrimp and cilantro! Love the ice cube trick too!

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    Ingrid — September 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Yum, I love shrimp! Hadn’t thought to flavor it with pesto. Warm crusty bread would be yummy with it!
    ~ingrid

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    stephchows — September 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    OH WOW so simple and so beautiful! I need to make myself some pesto cubes for moments like these 🙂

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    Kerstin — September 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    What a delicious and easy dinner! I’m lucky if I’m home by 8:30, so I completely understand needing quick recipes! I’ll have to try the frozen pesto trick.

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    bec — September 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    i just made my first batch of ice cube pesto from our basil forest. neil panics every time i make pesto. he needs verification that i have not used up too much basil. if i use 10% of what is in the garden, then we are in the safety zone. let it grow back, use another 10%. at the end of the season, we will have 9000 cubes of pesto in the freezer and neil will be happy. totally jealous of your new stove, btw. i want a griddle!

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    Kat — September 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I love the frozen pesto concept! I have a lot of basil, but there are only two of us in my house and we can only eat so much. I will have to try this. The shrimp looks great.

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    Justin — September 11, 2009 at 12:23 am

    this looks great, and it really can’t get much easier

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    Jori Hodgson — January 27, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Hi there! Love this idea. Great job!

    I was wondering where I can find pesto? Also, do you have any ideas for sides that would be good with this? I’m not familiar with pesto’s flavor and I want to surprise my husband with something 🙂 Thanks!

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    Jen — January 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Jori – I make my own pesto using this recipe.

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