Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vegan MoFo #1: Seitan-Green Bean Curry

Chewy seitan. Toothsome green beans. Crunchy cashews. I love the contrasting textures in this dish. Plus it’s easy to make and really delicious. This is a mild curry but if you like things hot you can add more cayenne. For the seitan I made the Seitan Cutlets from Veganomicon. The cashews really make this dish something special, so don’t leave them out. If you don’t like cashews you can sub peanuts. To toast the nuts, bake them in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes, stirring once.

Seitan-Green Bean Curry

Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home

2 tsp canola oil
2 medium onions, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

1 tbls garam masala

1 tsp ground cumin
Pinch of cayenne, or more to taste

1 pound green beans, cut into bite sized pieces (about 3 ½ cups)
1 pound seitan, diced

3 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped, or 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup coconut milk

2/3 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

A few handfuls of toasted cashews

Saute the onions and garlic in the oil for a few minutes. Add the garam masala, cumin, and cayenne and sauté for a few more minutes, or until the onions are softened. Add the green beans, seitan, tomatoes, coconut milk, and water. Cover and bring to a simmer. Cook covered, for about 15 minutes, or until the green beans are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve over rice with some cashews sprinkled on top of each serving.


  1. This recipe looks fantastic! Green beans are my favorite veggie and I'm always looking for new things to do with them. I can't believe I've never tried making them with curry before...what a brilliant idea! I just started making my own seitan, too. I can't wait to try it out! I will add it to my file. Thanks for sharing it! Way to kick off the MoFo! :-D

  2. I made a version of this today and it turned out great! If it's all right with you, I'd like to post about it on my blog and credit you. If you would let me know how you prefer to be credited (and if you have a pronoun preference) I would appreciate it. Thank you so much for this delicious inspiration!

  3. Hi choirqueer,
    I'm so glad you liked it! You can call me Jenn and just a simple link back to my blog would be cool. To be fair, I really can't take all the credit since I adapted it from Moosewood. Thanks for coming by to let me know! Looking forward to seeing your post!