This simple nutrient-packed stew is a home staple. It contains a whole bunch of celery! And makes your body feel nurtured from head to toe. It’s a recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation amongst Persian families (with a few tweeks of our own). It’s perfect for your Sunday planning and prep, and easily stored in the fridge for weekly lunches or dinner meals – not to mention it is de-Li-cious 😉 !
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 brown onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons of sea salt
2 heaped teaspoons of turmeric
1 bunch of celery, stalks chopped into 3 cm pieces, and finer stalks and leaves cut finely
2-3 dried lemons (as pictured, can get from Middle Eastern or Indian store)
2 heaped teaspoons of Massels beef stock
2 cups of boiling water
500 g of mushrooms, washed and chopped into quarters
2 x tins (400 g) of red kidney beans
1.5-2 cups of boiling water
- Place olive oil and onions in pot and pan fry on medium heat until translucent.
- Add sea salt and garlic, and continue to saute for 2 minutes.
- Mix turmeric with onions and garlic until they are a vibrant yellow colour.
- Combine celery stalks with onions to allow the yellow turmeric to “rub off” onto the celery and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, while stirring to ensure celery doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
- While celery sticks are simmering, place dry lemons in separate glass container or bowl with 2 cups of boiling water and add stock powder. Allow dry limes to soak and soften.
- Add the remaining finely chopped celery tops and leaves to pot and mix through.
- Place lid on top of your pot and allow celery to continue to cook and soften for 5-10 minutes.
- Take softened dry limes, cut in half and remove seeds, and place back into hot stock water in glass container.
- Mix through mushrooms, rinsed red kidney beans, soaked limes, and stock water in pot.
- Add another 1.5-2 cups of boiling water until desired stew consistency.
- Allow to simmer for another 10 minutes and serve with long-grain white or brown rice.