Simmered Spiced Soybeans

Preparation info
  • Serves

    3 to 4

    • Difficulty


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By Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid

Published 2005

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This Nepalese dish made with fresh green soybeans is as yummy as it is bright and beautiful. You can also use frozen soybeans, out of their shells (now widely available and labeled “edamame”).


  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon min


Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan over high heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chile and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until the onion is well softened. Stir in the turmeric, cumin, and salt, then toss in the tomato. Stir-fry for 1 minute, or until the tomato starts to soften and give off liquid.

Add the soybeans and mix well. Add the water and bring to a boil, then lower the he