mung bean curry with gorgeous maroon carrots

I’m so behind on this thing lately. To be honest, I haven’t been eating well at all the past week, but this meal is from a couple weeks ago. When I still cared. I bought dried mung beans at the Asian market and threw this together…

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1 Cup mung beans, 3 Cups boiling water in a medium sauce pan.

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Add the beans to the boiling water, reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.

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They should look something like this. It made around 4 cups of cooked mung beans, so you would probably only use a fraction for this recipe unless you’re really, really hungry. I used about 1 1/2 cups.

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Have you ever seen purple/maroon carrots? They appealed to my dark side, so I decided to try them. You will want to wash these carrots and maybe remove the little stringy bits by hand rather than peeling them.

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That’s because under the dark exterior, they’re bright orange like ordinary carrots. Kind of looks like a sunrise.

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A few cloves of fresh garlic, onion, and a peeled baked potato to go along with the carrot & mung beans.

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Now, here I made a couple mistakes that made me very mad at myself. I’m usually very particular about when I add certain vegetables, but it’s like I wasn’t paying attention at all. I highly recommend sauteing the onion and garlic with the carrots in margarine until soft, then add the mung beans and potatoes to absorb the flavor, and then anything else. That’s not what I did.
As you can see, I added the mung beans with the onions and garlic right away. And where are the carrots?

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Still no carrots, but plenty of spices. Salt, pepper, cumin, a little cinnamon, turmeric, coriander and a little cayenne.

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Finally once the onions were soft, I added the carrots and potatoes, plus some frozen peas.

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I let it cook until the carrots weren’t too crunchy, then added some water to make a kind of a sauce.

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Even though I didn’t cook it just how I would have liked to, it sure looked pretty…

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and tasted good. Mung beans are high in protein and iron, and are super cheap at Asian markets.

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