Menus and Memories from Punjab has made its way to Cuba! Kate, an American ex-pat who owns a lovely get-away there, has written me that she and her guests enjoy the recipes from the book. Our son and daughter-in-law spent time there and loved the whole experience! I’ve made a recipe that would be perfect for her to serve her guests before embarking on a tour. I made this dish many times for our out-of-town guests for brunch before they headed into the city for sight-seeing. It is easy to make and both hearty and healthy. Pair it with any bread, I’m partial to parantha. Here is the info on Kate’s place:
Kate Daley, Cuba Beyond the Beaches Tours www.realcubaonline.com 
Real Cuba Jaguey Box 2345 Swan River MB R0L 1Z0 Tel in Cuba 53-22-659320


French-Cut Green Beans with Eggs or Tofu ( vegan or egg )

Phullian Onday Bhujia

Yield: 8 servings
   There is a type of very long green bean grown in Punjab, but the type found in the USA is smaller and much more tender. Tofu is a great substitute for egg. I like to use Morinu brand that has less water, otherwise drain it on paper towels and then squeeze dry a small portion at a time with your hands before adding to the beans. Pre-cook the fresh beans in the microwave for 4 minutes if you wish to shorten the cooking time.

1-1/2 lbs. trimmed green beans, sliced 1/2” pieces or 2 10 oz. pkgs. French-cut green beans, thawed and squeezed dry

¼ cup canola or olive oil

1 med. onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2-inch piece ginger, grated

1 rounded teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon toasted cumin

¼ teaspoon garam masala

1 pinch cayenne, or more to taste

1 pinch dried fenugreek leaves (methi) (optional)

6-inch piece long green chile, seeded and minced (optional)

1 teaspoon salt

6 eggs or two 12 oz. pks firm tofu, drained

1/2 small tomato, diced

Sauté the onion, garlic and ginger in the oil until golden. Add the spices and sauté for a minute. Add the minced chile and salt. Add the beans and stir-fry on high heat for 5 minutes. Beat the eggs and fold into the beans, stirring constantly. Or reduce heat to medium, scraping until dry about 5 minutes. Garnish with the diced tomato.