Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Camping Bhelpuri with Fava beans

Last week in our box of CSA vegetables, we got a bag full of fava beans. Fava beans are actually a pain to deal with. First you have to peel the pod and take out the beans. Then you blanch the beans in boiling water for 5 minutes and drain the water. After that it is a painstaking process of peeling off the outer unedible skin and getting to the delicious inside. V and I peeled the fava beans over an episode of Inspector Frost. (I think I peeled 5 for every one of V's :-))

The effort paid off. On our recent camping trip, we prepared a simple snack of bhelpuri with fava beans.

Here's the recipe:

1 pack Haldiram's ready-to-eat bhel puri
1 cup fava beans blanched and peeled
1/2 cup red onion diced fine
1/2 cup red bell pepper diced fine
1/2 cucumber diced fine
half a lemon/lime
pinch salt if required

Mix all ingredients including the sauce packets in the bhelpuri mix. Squeeze half a lemon/lime and mix again and eat.

(Disclaimer: This snack tastes best if enjoyed in the outdoors under towering redwood trees amidst bright green fern growing alongside a gurgling creek.)

Submitted this concoction to "Sunday Snacks - Chaats" event at All Thingz Yummy blog. Hope it doesn't get disqualified for taking a shortcut and using ready-made bhel.

1 comment:

Cardamom said...

this is a great idea....I love using different beans and sprouts in bhels and chaats...very cool.

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