If you were to look up the word “carnivore” in the dictionary, you may just see a pic of me with a huge smile licking my chops. Just about every meal I eat contains meat of some sort, but there are days when I feel “dirty inside” and must skip the meats altogether. Today is such a day! I had this bundle of bodi sitting in the fridge a few days now and originally I was going to cook it with salted cod, but I decided to go full vegetarian with this one instead.
1 bundle of bodi (about 1 lb)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 onion chopped
2 cloves garlic sliced
1 medium tomato diced
1/4 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper
1/4 cup water for cooking curry
1 1/2 cup water
2 medium potato diced.
dash of black pepper
Bodi – If you live outside the Caribbean, it can be found in West Indian food markets as well as Asian groceries. In the Asian stores it may be called “Yard bean, long bean, Chinese long bean, snake bean, pea bean”. If you can’t get bodi, a good substitute is green or french beans.
The scotch bonnet or Habanero is optional, but adds that unique island twist to this dish. feel free to use any spicy pepper you like instead.
I like using traditional Caribbean curry powder as I find that it’s much different than the curry that comes out of India/Asia. If you can, get one that’s
made in Trinidad and Tobago.. leave me a message if you’d like some recommendations.
Get started by trimming the bodi into the size we need. Remove the ends of the bean and discard (about 1/8 inch on both ends), then cut into one inch pieces. I remember my mom doing this as a kid and still prefer to snap them as she would do, rather than cut with a knife. But it’s much faster cutting with a knife. Then peel the potato and place in the same bowl as the trimmed bodi and rinse off with cool water and drain. Have the onion, garlic and pepper ready.
In a fairly deep sauce pan, heat the oil over medium/high heat, then add 1/2 of the onion, garlic and scotch bonnet pepper and allow to cook for a couple minutes (till ends start going brown). Now add the curry powder and black pepper and stir (turn down the heat a little to allow this to cook for 3-4 minutes without burning). It will become grainy and go dark, that is natural. Now add the 1/4 cup of water (the room will explode with a wonderful scent or bloomed curry) and bring it up to a boil and allow it to cook until that liquid burns off (about 4 minutes).
When the liquid burns off (like a curry paste) it’s time to start adding the other ingredients. Add the bodi, potato and the rest of the onion and give it a good stir. Then add the salt and the 1 1/4 cups water, bring that to a boil by turning up the heat, then lower it to a gentle simmer. Make sure the lid is slightly ajar and cook for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
After 20 minutes of simmering the potato and bodi should be tender, but there may still be a bit runny liquid, so we’ll now turn up the heat to burn that off. But first, add the diced tomato and cook for about 5 minutes. Typically this dish does not have much of a sauce or gravy, but I like a little gravy to eat my roti… my choice. If you’d like to give this another level of flavor to what is an already exciting dish, you can add some coconut milk.
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