4 TBSP coconut or canola oil (or water if avoiding oils.)
1 Tbsp whole cumin seeds (I used ground cumin the first time and added it when I added the other spices. It was still fabulouso!)
9 cloves of garlic, crushed (about 3 Tbsp crushed garlic)
1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 Tbsp ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper (I didn’t add)
(For this next step, I skipped the four cups of water entirely because I had pre-cooked the mung beans. If you precook the beans, simply add the cooked beans when the recipe calls for adding the water and uncooked beans. You just won’t need to cook the dish as long.)
4 cups water
1 cup mung beans, picked over for stones and well rinsed
1 can coconut milk
juice of 1-2 limes
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
In a large pot, heat the cooking oil over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook for about 1 minute, until they just begin to darken. Add the garlic, and sauté just until it has browned. Watch very carefully so that it doesn’t burn. (1 minute or so.)
Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine, then add ginger, coriander, turmeric, salt, and cayenne.
Sauté this mixture for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the water and mung beans. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring the mixture once or twice. (Here is where I omitted the 4 cups water and just added the pre-cooked beans.)
Taste a few mung beans to make sure they are cooked. If they are, stir in the coconut milk, and increase the heat to medium-high.
Once the curry comes to the boil turn off the heat. Stir in the cilantro and the juice of one lime. Taste and decide whether you’d like to add the second lime as well.
I served this over hot brown rice both times. For the potluck, I placed the cooked rice in the bottom of a casserole dish and added the curry on top.