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Curried Coconut Canary Beans

June 29, 2011
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  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

I bought canary beans on a whim, just because I'd never eaten them and they were yellow. Looking on the internet for recipes for canary beans I found one that added coconut milk to the cooked beans and I wondered what would happen if I cooked them in coconut water. Well, they turned out pretty tasty! The heat from the peppers give the sweet coconut water a nice contrast. —nannydeb

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup dry canary beans, soaked in water overnight
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • 3 fresh peppers (I used two jalapenos and a serrano, but you could use Thai chili or none at all)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Drain the canary beans and put them in a large pot with the coconut water and peppers. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the coriander seed and cumin seed over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until fragrant. Grind the toasted seeds in a spice grinder or with your mortar & pestle.
  3. In the same skillet, heat the canola oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook 3-5 minutes or until translucent.
  4. Add the ginger, turmeric, ground coriander and cumin, salt and the cooked beans with a little of the cooking water. Cook until heated through.
  5. Top with chopped cilantro and serve.
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Janice S. August 16, 2016
Where does the ginger go?
nannydeb August 16, 2016
Edited to add ginger with the turmeric, coriander and cumin.