I use Lima Beans a lot. I make Zucchini stuffed with Lima beans, Lima beans curry, Lima beans fry too. Recently I had soaked some and was planning to make curry. But then lost interest in curry and then an idea sparked to try something new. It turned out to be delicious and that was what I was aiming for. It is pretty simple to put together and worthy as party food.
Basmati rice - 1.5 cups
Lima beans - 1 cup
Whole Garam Masala - Bay leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves
Cumin seeds - 1 tspn
Onions - thinly sliced - 1/2 onion
Green chillies - 2 - thinly sliced
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbspn
Mint, Cilantro - 1/4 cup. I chop the leaves finely or just pulse it coarsely in a chopper.
Tomatoes - 2 (ripe ones)
Chilli powder - 1 tspn
Coriander powder - 2 tbspns
Soak Lima beans atleast for 8 hours and par boil it. Heat a pan and add oil or butter for frying the ingredients. First add whole Garam Masala and Cumin seeds. Once they sputter, add onions, green chillies and ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell disappears. Add mint and cilantro and tomatoes and fry for 3 minutes. Add turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and fry till till oil comes out. Add par boiled Lima beans and cook for few more minutes. Make sure to wash and soak Basmati rice for about 30 minutes while you are preparing the masala base in the pan. Drain the rice and add the Lima Beans masala and the rice to a rice cooker and let it finish cooking. Serve hot with raita.