In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Curry Seim (hyacinth bean) With Potato.

The last of the produce from my garden for 2023! Sadly, freezing nights set in a couple weeks back and hastily we (mom and dad visited to assist) had to winterize the garden and get ready for the upcoming winter. With an abundance of Seim in hand, I thought I’d share a quick recipe with you all. Should you want to keep this recipe fully vegan/vegetarian, you may skip the addition of the prepared salted Cod fish.

You’ll Need…

2 lbs of Seim (trimmed)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 lb prepared salted cod
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt (see notes below)
4 cloves garlic (crushed)
3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (geera)
1 medium onion (sliced)
3 medium potatoes (sliced)
1/2 cup water (or coconut milk)

Notes! If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary requirements. May I suggest you follow along with the video below as I speak about they two types of Seim used and how to trim them for use in the dish. I didn’t add any hot pepper to the dish, but you’re free to do so if you enjoy very spicy curry dishes. Finally, I used boned (bones removed) Salted Cod, but you may use whatever type of salted fish you can access.

Wash, trim and cut the Seim.

Heat the oil on a medium flame in a deep pot and add the prepared salted cod. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then remove from the pot (try to leave back as much oil as possible) and set aside for later.

In the same pot, turn the heat down to med/low and add the cumin (geera) seeds and cook for 2 minutes, then add the curry powder and stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Should you need another tablespoon of olive oil (use your fav oil) in the pot, feel free to add more.

The curry will go darker and start to clump, that’s an indication that we’re on the right path. Do NOT burn it! Add the sliced potatoes and stir to coat with the curry base we made, then add the prepared Seim to the pot and repeat the stirring part.

Top with the salt, black pepper, garlic, onion and should you want to add a piece of Scotch Bonnet pepper, now would be the time to do so. Turn the heat to medium high and bring to a boil (with the lid on).

After 3-4 minutes it’s time to add the water, turn the heat back down to low, place the lid back on the pot and gently cook everything until it’s all tender. In my case, it took about 30 minutes.

The final two steps are to add back the previously fried pieces of salted Cod and mix well. After 2 minutes taste and adjust the salt to your liking. Keep in mind that even though we did prepare (boiled or soaked in hot water) the salted Cod, it will still have remnants of the salt it was cured with. Once happy, turn off the stove.

Luckily for me I had some frozen buss up shut (paratha) Roti in the freezer, so I thoroughly enjoyed myself this evening as I tucked away into a dish I disliked as a lil fella on the islands.

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