Sunday, February 26, 2006

Black-eyed beans in a tomato and mushroom sauce

This is delicious. It’s simple, but tastes quite complex. It’s as cheap as chips and nutritious to boot. Unlike a lot of other beans, black-eyed beans don’t have to be soaked overnight, which is a level of domestic organisation I seldom reach.

I used to make it a lot, but it fell out of favour when A was only eating beige food (pasta, rice, potatoes, cheese that kind of thing – beige and bland) and L wouldn’t have touched a bean unless it came in a tin with a Heinz label on it.

Post Script - L still doesn't like beans! It would be easy to substitute the beans for another vegetable - courgettes or carrots. Or meat - chicken or lamb maybe, cut into chunks and lightly fried first.


225 g/8oz dried black-eyed beans

1.2 litres/2 pints water

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds

1 inch piece of cinnamon stick

1 medium onion chopped

4 cloves garlic crushed

225g/8oz mushrooms

1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes and their juice

2 teaspoons ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons salt

2 large tablespoons of greek yoghurt (optional)

3 tablespoons chopped coriander (parsley will do)

Wash and drain the beans. Put in a pan with the water, bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to stand for an hour covered.

Bring back to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the beans are just tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat the oil in a casserole dish and add the whole cumin seeds and the cinnamon stick. Fry for a few seconds, then add the onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.

Halve the mushrooms if they’re big or leave them whole if they’re small enough. Add them to the casserole dish with the tomatoes and the rest of the spices and the salt.

Simmer gently for 10 minutes, then tip the beans into the casserole with their cooking water.

Simmer uncovered for another 20 minutes then spoon in the yoghurt, stir and cook for a final 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the coriander (or parsley) and serve with rice.


At 5:24 AM, Blogger seventh sister said...

sounds yummy. I amy try it on New Years'Day.


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