I wanted to start this post with the sensational “I hunted a mammoth!” phrase, but the pictures betrayed me even before you have read the title.
But I am very proud of myself, that I was able to buy greem large-sized bean (in polish it’s mammoth beans) on the market. I really like green beans, I’m manic fan of green and yellow, once I’ve eaten black beans (after cooking it was purple). But I have the greatest affection for this flat, powerful, large sized variant – a mammoth. Yellow mammoth very quickly becomes a nightmare – fibers, hard and often difficult to remove during the peeling. Better is a green one. Longer stays fresh and much later (until September) these strong fiber-y beans are on the market.
Mammoth is also a variation more expensive than normal, sometimes even twice. But it is worth to invest, because this is a variety of very tasty, meaty and very well accepting spices.
I decided to make a dhal, because lately I am very reluctant to cook meals that are prepared for more than 30 minutes. A dhal is simple, quick and extremely tasty dish. However it not looks like this 🙂
These black beads, visible in the pictures, it is not burned bits, but the black mustard.
It has some interesting properties, which made mustard a medicinal plant. Well – it is a diuretic for once. However, an overdose of mustard can damage the kidneys and urinary tract, causing hematuria and proteinuria, and even cause miscarriage (due to strong blood supply to the uterus).
On the other hand, an extract of mustard is a healing in chronic diseases of the stomach and intestines, digestive disorders, constipation, ulcers of the stomach and duodenum.
In cases of rheumatic pains it recommended to massaging pained joints with linen sacs filled with mustard seeds. As many drugs from the department of “whispered medicine”, this one also might work. Especially if we remember that oil, obtained from mustard seed, is used for the production of plasters soothing rheumatic pains.
In the kitchen magic mustard seeds are used to stimulate fertility.
In the culinary arts mustard seeds are primarily a component of mustard. But just as often it is used for marinades, sauces, silage.
People with thyroid disease often avoid mustard because of its membership in the family Brassicaceae, which can have a goitrogenic effect.
It seems that reading the post will be longer than the actual cooking… therefore I finish here and going to the kitchen.
Let’s cook some dhal with green mammoth 🙂 Enjoy!
Ingredients (2 servings):
30 dag of green mammoth
15 dag of red lentils (masoor)
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tsp black mustard
1 tsp chili flakes (chili powder)
2 – 3 leaves kafir (can be replaced in the following manner: 1 bay leaf, 0.25 teaspoon lime zest, a pinch of thyme = 1 kafir leaf )
1 small onion
0.5 tsp salt
1 – 2 cups water
- Mammoth wash, dry it, cut off the ends. Then we cut into small – approx. 2 – 3 cm pieces.
- Rinse the lentils in cold water.
- Onions cut into cubes.
- In a saucepan with a thick bottom warm up the oil.
- Add the mustard seeds and cover the pot. After a while they start to crack (like pop corn).
- Add onion and fry until the onions begin to be transparent.
- Add the kafir leaves, lentils, mammoth, chili and salt.
- Add the water, so it completely covered lentils.
- Cover the whole pot and cook over low heat approx. 15 minutes. You can check in 10 minutes if beans are soft.
Serve with rice and salad. Bon Appetit!