Indian Spiced Celery with Cumin and Lemon

March 15, 2012
Indian Spiced Celery with Cumin and Lemon

Author Notes: When prepared with green beans, this is probably my favorite green beans dish. I tried it with celery and enjoy how the celery's crunchiness plays through the bright lemon and garlic flavors, with the cumin perfuming all and the cayenne kicking in at the end. Because of the lemon juice, the celery , like the green beans, loses its bright green color, but once you taste it, you know you want more!
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Serves: 4-6


  • 1 1/2 pounds celery, peeled
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
In This Recipe


  1. Cut celery into 1/3 inch pieces on the extreme diagonal, creating chevrons. In small bowl, combine water through cayenne. In small bowl, add cumin seeds.Have both bowls and wok lid close to stove.
  2. Over highest heat. heat wok to smoking, add oil and heat to smoking. Add cumin seeds, followed immediately by celery. Stir well for 3-4 minutes. Stir garlic mixture, quickly pour over the celery ,and top immediately with lid. Reduce heat to low and cook 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

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LE B. March 30, 2012
yikes! I've never encountered a bitter cumin seed...My guess is that it was the celery itself. Inner stalks of celery are much nicer/milder. Try with green beans i hope? so sorry.
BoulderGalinTokyo March 30, 2012
Made this last night. Is it possible the cumin seeds got bad? Bottom of the jar, but smelled good when I added to the oil. Honne: Celery tasted slightly bitter, maybe lemon? I wanted to like this, but maybe I like celery better raw.