Indian-Spiced Yellow Wax Beans with Black Quinoa

Yesterday I picked up some yellow wax beans at the farmer’s market, with zilchy ideas of what to do with them. I even asked the seller and his response sounded like he was gurgling cough syrup. “Uhh, okay, that sounds great!” I said. I walked away quickly, frightened, and alone.

But thanks to your suggestions (I’m lookin’ at you Ed!) I decided to go the Indian route. I absolutely, wholeheartedly l.o.v.e. Indian food. I might even give a kidney for it. WAIT, then I wouldn’t be able to digest it. Never mind.

This dish is very clean as far as Indian food goes. Don’t get me wrong, I could stick my face in a bowl of tikka masala for the length of 3 Harry Potter movies and have zero regrets. But this dish is nice, light, low on calories and high in that PUNCH-YOU-IN-THE-FACE flavor that Indian food faithfully delivers.

And you know you love your punch-you-in-the-face food.

Make this, before I punch you in the face!

…Yeah, I’m not gonna do that.

Indian-Spiced Yellow Wax Beans with Black Quinoa:

What it took for 2:

* 1 cup black quinoa (or regular if you refer)
* 1/2 pound yellow wax beans (or green beans)
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tsp turmeric
* 1/2 tsp cayenne
* 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
* 2 basil leaves, thinly sliced (chiffonade)
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Cook the quinoa in enough water until they open up like little spirals. If you need to add more water, DO IT. Just kidding about the intensity.

Bring another pot of salted water to a boil and add the beans. Cook for 2 minutes, until crisp-tender. Drain and throw into an ice bath to stop the cooking.

Bring the oil to a medium-high heat in a skillet. Add the onions and saute until slightly softened, 5 minutes. Add the garlic, turmeric and cayenne. Bloom the spices another minute. Add the blanched beans, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and cook about 1 more minute.

Serve beans over a helping of the black quinoa and garnish with almonds and slivered basil.

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10 Responses to Indian-Spiced Yellow Wax Beans with Black Quinoa

  1. Christine July 15, 2011 at 4:50 am #
    Looks good! Thanks for sharing.
    • Bev Weidner July 15, 2011 at 11:42 am #
      Anytime Christine! Thanks for dropping by!
  2. Ed July 15, 2011 at 12:08 pm #
    The addition of quinoa and basil sounds good, will have to try it.
    • Bev Weidner July 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm #
      Thank you Ed! Yes, try it next time. The basil adds that nice sweet kick at the end. Couldn't find the kalonji seeds. The people at Whole Foods thought I'd lost my mind, but I'll keep looking!
  3. Kevin (Closet Cooking) July 16, 2011 at 10:37 am #
    This looks like a tasty way to enjoy some quinoa!
    • Bev Weidner July 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm #
      Oooh it really was Kevin!
  4. Lexi July 9, 2017 at 4:33 pm #
    I made this with tri-color quinoa. It was really, really dry... needed a sauce.
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