|Winged bean & carrot salad|
In April when I had gone to my hometown I brought the seeds. My mother had kept some seeds aside for me. When she went to the shelf to them, they were no longer there. My nephew who also shows a keen interest in gardening said he had already sowed the seeds. He ran down to the garden. It's on a slope and gardening in my parents' house has always been referred to as 'going down'.:) He dug up four seeds that had already germinated. He wrapped each seed in damp paper and put them in a small plastic bag before handing them over to me. Back home I planted the seeds the next day. Three did not survive but the one that did, is doing well.
4 tender winged beans
1 medium carrot
1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
Red chilli flakes
2 tbs sesame oil
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp honey
2 tbs orange juice
Salt to taste
Top and tail the beans and cut them into similar sizes.
Put about 2 cups of water in a pan and bring it to a boil.
Blanch the beans for about 3 minutes.
Remove and plunge them into icy water to retain the colour and to stop the cooking process.
Remove and drain after a few minutes.
Grate the carrot. Roast the garlic over an open flame.
Peel, crush and chop them.
Toast the sesame oil till the nutty smell comes out. Set aside.
In a small bowl, add the honey, orange juice, salt and red chilli flakes.
Transfer the beans to a serving bowl. Add the grated carrots. Toss in the walnuts and the chopped garlic.
Pour the dressing and mix well.
Drizzle the toasted sesame oil. Add chopped herbs if you like.