Ever since this little fish came into my life, I haven’t stopped raving about it! I put her in every meal I cook, especially those recipes that require the use of a pressure cooker. I know what you are thinking! I’m vegan! Fish, what?! Relax! I’m talking about the Lucky Iron Fish company that makes this amazing little product that literally saved me from turning highly anemic! I was diagnosed with a mild case of Anemia as a child and it grew a whole lot worse when I turned vegan. I’ve talked about this product in another article previously and today I’m going to share a quick recipe that I make for my family on a weekly basis. Spicy bean curry with rice. You can also use the iron fish in several stews and if you haven’t discovered your passion for pressure cooking, I recommend checking out a lovely friend of mine, JL Goes Vegan who wrote this amazing book on vegan dishes using a pressure cooker. Yes, I own a signed copy!
Spicy Bean Curry + Steamed Rice:
You will need-
1) 1 cup red kidney beans soaked overnight.
2) 1 Large tomato
3) 1 Large onion
4) 1 tsp ginger/garlic paste
5) 1-2 tsp Garam Masala (An indian food staple)
6) Olive oil, lemon juice and salt to taste
Add the soaked beans with 2 cups of water into your pressure cooker along with the Lucky Iron Fish. The beans will double in size so you’ll want to soak in a slightly larger container.
Chop and grind the tomato, onion, ginger/garlic paste in a food processor to make a puree. Add this puree to the pressure cooker. Drizzle some olive oil, salt, garam masala and close the cooker. Let it cook on medium flame for about 20-25 minutes or for 5-6 whistles or till the beans soften. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with boiled rice. You meal is now naturally iron fortified!
Feel free to sprinkle some Nutritional Yeast Flakes for your natural B12 vitamin boost. It won’t affect the flavor of the curry.
The authentic name for this dish is “Rajma Chawal” which I modified slightly to make it vegan. It makes for a wholesome, balanced meal for the whole family. I also enjoy adding the iron fish while making lentils curry and various soups. My daughter finds it fun to see the fish “swimming” in her food while cooking. Maybe they can think about more “vegan friendly” visuals and make the iron fish in different forms that are “vegan” friendly? Avocado or Broccoli anyone? (Just kidding! Nudge nudge Lucky Iron Fish!)