Simply Black Beans
I am always up for simple recipes on week days. If you are pressed for time and don’t have cooked beans on hand, you may consider using canned beans. My personal preference is to use as little canned and packaged goods as possible, but it doesn’t always pan out.
In general, the longer the cooking time of legumes, the better the taste and digestibility. 1.5 hours is the minimum allocated time for black beans, but feel free to go longer. Cumin is one of my top favorite spices, and believe it or not, I have even tried it in my morning oatmeal before. FYI, it doesn’t work as well as turmeric or ginger.
Ingredients (serves 4):
- 1 lb dried black beans (~ 2 cups)- soaked overnight and drained
- 1 lrg onion, thinly sliced
- 4 lrg cloves of garlic, minced
- 0.5-1 cup crushed tomatoes/tomato juice
- 2 Tbs red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp coriander
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp black pepper & salt
- pinch of cayenne pepper
Time ~ 1.5 hrs
- In a medium-large sized pot, cover beans with enough water (an inch above the beans). Add salt and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to med-low, cover and cook for at least ~ 1.5 hrs or ’till beans are tender. Skim off any white foam.
- Meanwhile, saute the onion, in a large frying pan, in enough oil ’till translucent (~5 minutes). Toss in the minced garlic and continue (~2 min).
- Reduce heat to medium, add the cumin and give it a stir (~ 1 min). Set aside.
- Once the beans are cooked, remove bay leaves. Run about the half of it through the food processor to make a paste.
- Pour the bean paste back to the pot along with the sauteed mixture and the rest of the ingredients, except crushed tomatoes.
- Stir and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes longer.
- Taste, adjust seasoning and use tomato juice/crushed tomatoes to even out the spices. If you like it spicy leave out the tomatoes.
- Continue cooking to reach the desired consistency or add more water if too thick.
– Garnish with chopped green onions.
– Ladle over rice with grated cheddar cheese or a dollop of sour cream.