Monday, August 26, 2013

Kwati (Nepali Beans/Himalayan Soup)!!

Kwati is a very popular Nepali soup prepared especially on the day of Janai Purnima. Kwati is extremely delicious and contains several kinds of beans. With beans, people also include meat on this recipe but I prefer vegetarian version. Kwati is known to be a healthy food. They say that it cures cold, cough and is one of the best foods for women in their maternity leave. Since, it contains varieties of beans, this recipe is loaded with proteins and thus helps weak/sick people to regain their energy.
Health benefits aside, I love this dish because it is yummm and extremely easy to make. There are various ways of making this dish and here is the way I do: 

Prep time: 2min(s) Cook time: 20min(s) Total time: 22min(s) 

Things you will need:
  • Mixed Beans packet (3 cups; I got mine from a local grocery store. If you have varieties of beans then go ahead and mix them)
  • Ghee (2-3 table spoons)
  • Juano (Ajwain Lovage Seeds; 2 table spoons)
  • Salt (according to taste)
  • Turmeric (2 tea spoons)
  • Oil (2 tea spoons)
  • Ginger (2 table spoons)
  1. Soak beans overnight in a large bowl. Next day, clean beans throughly in water. Drain all of the excess water and cover the beans and let it be for 2 days until it sprouts
  2. Once you see beautiful sprouts, wash it again but be very gentle this time 
  3. Put beans on a pressure cooker and add water (Please refer to the picture above for you to measure water quantity)
  4. Add salt, oil, and turmeric and cook it on a medium heat until the cooker whistles thrice 
  5. After this, heat a pan and add ghee. Once ghee is heated add juano and cook it until it becomes brownish black
  6. Pour ghee and juano over the beans (Be careful while doing this!). Also, add ginger paste
  7. Stir and Serve :) too simple isn't it? :)