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Balinese Green Beans in Coconut Milk

About l lb green beans

 1 1/2 cup coconut, grilled, grated (or buy fresh frozen at Asian market or soak dried coconut in water

                for 30 minutes (non-sweetened)

 2 lime leaves, shredded or lime rind

 3 tbsp fried onions

SPICE MIXTURE:

4 clove garlic

lemongrass (1 stick)

 1/2 tsp white pepper

 2 cups coconut milk

 2 macadamia nuts or almonds

 2 tsp turmeric

 2-4 lime leaves or lime rind

 1 T oil

 

Trim beans, steam and chop finely. Put aside. Prepare spices by processing in food processor or grind with mortar and pestle. Gently saute spice mixture in oil for 1-2 minutes. Transfer to saucepan and add coconut milk, lemongrass, and lime leaves. Stir over low heat until mixture has thickened. Mix more lime leaves, fried onion, and spices with grated coconut. Add the cooked, chopped beans. Add extra salt and fried onions as desired. Serve at room temperature. Serves 6-8