Wednesday, January 12, 2011

清炒扁豆 Stir-fried Hyacinth Bean

Sauté minced garlic first, then add in sliced hyacinth bean pods.  Stir till the bean softened.  Add in salt and MSG to taste.  

This is always the simplest way to stir fry : on its own !

Hyacinth bean 扁豆 ( Dolichos lablab ), is a popular food crop throughout tropical Africa and India.   It is called ‘avarai’ in Tamil.

The leaves, flowers, pods, seeds and roots are edible. Dry seeds, however, are poisonous due to high concentration of cyanogenic glucosides, and can only be eaten after prolonged boiling.


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