Thursday, July 22, 2010
Mixed Bean Stew
I love beans and pulses. A great staple to have in the kitchen , I use both canned dried types. Thanks to priya's tip I know cook my dried beans in batches and freeze them. I like canned kidney beans but prefer dried chick peas to the canned ones. Anyway, I decided to make a bean stew today after seeing a bean tagine recipe. I used a few more spices and cooked on stove top instead of the oven.
300g mixed beans ( soaked overnight and cooked till tender), use a mixture of chickpeas, kidney beans and black eye peas, you can use a regular can of mixed beans or just kidney beans or chick peas, drain the liquid in the can and give them a good wash before cooking)
2 small or 1 medium onion , roughly chopped
3-4 cloves garlic
2 medium tomatoes
½ red bell pepper, seeds and white part removed ( optional)
½ piece ginger
1 green chilli ( optional)
A nice bunch of fresh coriander leaves( use the stem parts as well)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp red chilli powder or paprika
¼ tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp tomato paste( is using puree use 1 tbsp)
About 300 ml ( thats about 1 1/3 cups )water or stock or some of the cooking liquid in which the beans were cooked in
A pinch of sugar
½ lime juice or ¼ lemon juice
1.Place onions, ginger, garlic, half the coriander leaves especially the stem part, tomatoes, chilli and bell pepper ( if using), into a blender or food processor and chop them up.
2. Heat oil in suitable pot or sauce pan, add the chopped up ingredients in and sauté over a medium heat till nice and soft.
3.Add the bay leaf, tomato paste, and the ground spices , stir for a minute or two to release their aroma.
4.Add the beans and liquid that you are using, whether water or stock or cooking liquid. Add a pinch of sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook covered for about 5- 10 minutes, but give it a stir once or twice and add a little water if you think its too dry. During the last few minutes stir in the remaining coriander leaves( finely chopped). Taste and season with salt.
Finish off with a squeeze of half a lime or ¼ of a lemon.
Serve with any form of flat bread you like, or some crusty bread .
You can use a single type of bean like kidney beans or chick peas instead of using a mixture of beans.
For those who cant survive without the hint of "fish" , add a tablespoon of masmirus or masfai or dried tuna while adding the beans.
Ps... I know I am a little slow catching up with other blogs, will try and catch up with my regulars :), have a nice week end!!