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Stewed Black Beans    Veg   HT  ACC  Venezuelan  260mins plus soaking

Venezuelan Name: Caraotas

Serves 4   Hot  Vegetarian  Pulses Accompaniment  Dairy Free  Eggless  Venezuela Sth American South America

Ingredients
450g/1lb Black Beans, pre-soaked overnight and drained
1 whole Onion, peeled
Water
2 tbsp Ground Cumin
2 teasp Chilli Powder
2 teasp Dried Oregano
3 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Lime Juice
1 tbsp Oil
4 Spring Onions, chopped
2 tbsp freshly chopped Coriander (cilantro)
1 tbsp Garlic Salt
1 tbsp Salt
1 tbsp Soy Sauce

Instructions

1. Place the beans and the whole onion in a large saucepan, cover with 5cm/2-inches of water , bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour checking the water level every 20 minutes, stirring and topping up as necessary. Do not add any salt.

2. Remove the onion, add the cumin, chilli powder and oregano mix well and continue to simmer for a further hour once again, checking the water level from time to time, stirring and topping up as necessary. Do not add any salt

3. Add the honey and lime juice, mix well and simmer for another hour, until beans are soft, once again, checking the water level every 20 minutes, stirring and topping up as necessary. There should only be enough water to maintain a thick consistency. Do not add any salt.

4. Heat the oil in a frying pan, add the spring onions, coriander, and garlic power and sauté for 4-5 minutes.

5. Add the onion mixture to the beans together with the salt and soy sauce, mix well and simmer for a further hour, checking the water level every 20 minutes, stirring and topping up as necessary to maintain a thick consistency.

6. Adjust the seasoning adding more salt, lemon juice, soy sauce and other spices to taste. Serve hot.

 

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Key techniques required to make this recipe

Chop to – To cut into pieces of approximately the same size.
Boil  - To bring a liquid to boiling temperature and to maintain it throughout the cooking time

Sauté  - The cooking of food in a small amount of fat, preferably in a single layer, until it browns and softens. It is important not to overfill the pan.

 

Freezing/Make ahead

Not suitable

 

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Main equipment required to make this Recipe

 

Chopping Knife

Saucepan

Wooden or Plastic Spoon

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