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The Occasional Vegetarian's Bihari Green Beans Masala

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Eating more vegetables is never a bad idea and one of the most enjoyable ways to make it happen is familiarizing yourself with the joys of Indian cooking. If tackling it seems intimidating, try out this Bihari Green Beans Masala adapted from The Occasional Vegetarian. It's a great recipe to get you started.

It starts with the combination of green beans and almonds (anyone else reminded of green beans almondine?) then employs a palette of spices you probably already have on hand: cumin, paprika, coriander, and red chile flakes. Toasted with onion and garlic then simmered in coconut milk with stubby little green beans, this simple recipe leaves you with a rich dish of spicy-creamy beans that are just waiting to be spooned over a steaming plate of basmati rice.

No more complicated than your run-of-the-mill green bean recipe, this one is packed with big spices, sweet coconut milk and beans that are so satisfying, they verge on meaty, not to mention give you some confidence to move onto other vegetarian, Indian-inspired cooking projects.

As always with our Cook the Book feature, we have five (5) copies of The Occasional Vegetarian to give away this week.

Adapted from The Occasional Vegetarian by Elaine Louie. Copyright © 2011. Published by Hyperion. Available wherever books are sold. All Rights Reserved

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