Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bean, Nut, Tomato sauce with Rice

I was in school one day and I saw my friend, Ben, eating his leftovers from last night. It looked a bit weird/gross and I asked him what it was. He explained that it was some South African dish and offered me a taste. I was hooked. Though I don't know the name. I quickly scribbled down the recipe and planned to make it. Trust me, it's better than it looks.
The bean used for the dish is called a Borlotti bean, an Italian bean, commonly sold here in Australia. Other names are cranberry bean, saluggia, or shell bean. They are quite tasty. I bought a can, since it was easier.
Prepare:
-Buy a can of Borlotti beans, drain and mash-Dice half an onion, about a cup of zucchini, 1 chili pepper, crush several cloves of garlic-Peel and dice 2 or 3 roma tomatoes (or buy them in a can, which is what I did since I was lazy)
-Prepare nuts. The recipe called for peanuts, which I didn't have, so I used cashews and it was good
Cook:
-Cook 1-2 cups of rice
-In a wok/pot heat up some olive oil, medium heat
-Throw garlic in
-Sautee onion, nuts, zucchini, and chili pepper for about 5-7 minutes, or until veggies are ready-Add beans and tomatoes -Cook for about 10 minutes, crushing tomatoes as well as you can until it's all broken up, season with salt, pepper, and a bit of soy sauce and ginger
-Low heat and let simmer for another 10 minutes-Serve on top of rice with some fresh cilantro

1 comment:

drretarded said...

you've outdone yourself this time, old chap!