Beans and Bamboo Shoots

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

From Nepal, this looks like a fabulous dish for the World Tour. Mustard oil is an extremely hot, pungent oil expressed from mustard seeds and should be stored in the refrigerator and will keep for up to about 6 months. It can be used (sparingly because of the heat) in stir fries, salad dressings and marinades. Stone ground prepared mustard could be used as a substitute.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a saucepan heat oil, fry dried red chilies until dark.
  2. Add onions and sauté until light brown.
  3. Add cumin, coriander, chili powder, ginger, garlic, salt, and pepper. Fry for 1 min under low heat.
  4. Add potatoes to the onion mixture and sauté for 5 minutes in medium heat. Sprinkle water if it starts to burn.
  5. Add soaked beans, bamboo shoots, tomatoes, yogurt, and broth to the potatoes mixture; stir well. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes under low heat until potatoes are fork-tender, and the gravy has attained its desired consistency.
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve with rice, or roti.
Most Helpful

I like this. The ingredient combination is unusual, and the spice mixture and amounts seem just right to me. My bamboo shoot was pre-cooked, and I pre-cooked the potatoes and beans separately to make cooking simpler for me. I did use the mustard oil, which I had bought for another dish (which I made), but was a little surprised by the warning on the label "for external use only". After some research, and considering I had eaten it already with no ill effects, I used it in this dish, too. I honestly don't know how much it contributed to the flavor. But, I have to admit, the flavor is quite good.

mianbao January 14, 2014

Honestly, I wasn't sure how to rate this. The final dish was pretty tasty. However, the cooking time was so far off that I had to serve something else for dinner the night I made it because we were hungry and it wasn't ready. I followed the directions, including soaking the beans overnight. However, when I checked the stew after simmering for 20 min in step 5, the beans and potatoes were not even close to being cooked through. I let it simmer another 1/2 hour and it still wasn't done. Bottom line - it took 2 hours once it reached a simmer before it was ready to eat! So the total cooking time should read 2 1/2 hours, not 35 min. Made for Veggie Swap 22 May 2010

Jeri Roth Lande May 23, 2010