Indian Spiced Celery with Cumin and Lemon

March 15, 2012
0 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
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!
photo to follow —LeBec Fin

What You'll Need
  • 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
  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.
Contest Entries

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • LeBec Fin
    LeBec Fin
  • BoulderGalinTokyo
My eating passions are Japanese, Indian, Mexican; with Italian and French following close behind. Turkish/Arabic/Mediterranean cuisines are my latest culinary fascination. My desert island ABCs are actually 4 Cs: citrus, cumin, cilantro, cardamom, and GARLIC! I am so excited by the level of sophistication that I see on Food52 and hope to contribute recipes that will inspire you like yours do me. I would like to ask a favor of all who do try a recipe of mine > Would you plse review it and tell me truthfully how it worked for you and/or how you think it would be better? I know many times we feel that we don't want to hurt someone's feelings, but. i really do want your honest feedback because it can only help me improve the recipe.Thanks so much.

2 Reviews

LeBec F. 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.