Greg’s Just About Perfect Garam Masala Vegetarian Bean Stew
(not perfect because you’ll eat too much of it, but it IS very healthy)
Corrected Version – I left out one ingredient and one step.
Note: Use fresh ingredients if you prefer, but I have no problem with canned beans/peas/tomatoes. If TV chefs can use them, then so can I.
Vegetarian Note: I recommend S&W canned beans and tomatoes for vegetarians. Their beans are not cooked/packaged with meat products. If you’re not a vegetarian, use your favorite brand
1 sweet onion, coarsely chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup dry lentils
1 can black-eyed peas
1 can white beans
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 pkg frozen spinach (chopped is NOT recommended)
2 cups vegetarian broth
2 t basalmic vinegar
2 T of garam masala seasoning
1 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1 t cayenne or Asian/Indian chili powder
2 t olive oil
Salt & pepper, to taste
Water note: I use the water from the canned beans and tomatoes. Some people don’t like to do this. If you do not use the water from the canned beans and tomatoes, you need an extra 2 cups of water.
1. Sweat the onions in 2 t of olive oil until transluscent.
2. Add garlic.
3. Season with salt & pepper, to taste.
4. Turn up heat and sautee until just about brown.
5. Add broth.
6. Add lentils
7. Add basalmic vinegar. Stir into liquid.
8. Add garam masala and stir seasoning into liquid
9. Bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
10. Add tomatoes.
11. Add cayene or Asian/Indian chili powder. Stir seasoning into liquid
12. Bring to a simmer.
13. Add frozen spinach
14. Bring to a simmer. Allow spinach to spread into liquid. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
15. Add black-eyed peas and white beans. If you’ve drained the peas and beans, then add the 2 extra cups of water.
16. Add garlic and onion powder. Stir seasoning into liquid.
17. Bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 25 minutes. Depending on how much liquid you want in your stew, you may need to let it cook down a bit more.
18. Turn off heat and allow stew to cool for about 5 minutes.
You can eat it by itself or spooned over a cup of brown rice.