Saturday, October 8, 2011

Red bean soup

Last month, I dined on soups for a fortnight. Only soup. These were not clear, unctuous and classic consomme naturally. I wanted to make a meal of them. They were all full-bodied, hearty and yes, very healthy. The soup featured in this recipe is a common enough item on our daily menu along with other dishes. I used fresh beans for this recipe, but soaked dried beans will do as well. I buy the fresh beans from a vegetable and fruit soup which peels them ready for the customer. I can never resist buying the little half-moons; green fava, creamy butter beans, red beans and pink and white speckled lima beans. They cook in 5 minutes in the pressure cooker. I used red beans for this recipe. And added half a cup of black coffee which would have otherwise been put down the drain. I was tempted to put it in since cardamom flavoured coffee (or tea) are a favourite of mine. Apart from giving the soup a more intense colour it didn't make any difference.

100 gm red beans
1 small tomato, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 inch galangal, grated
1 clove, crushed
1 cardamom, crushed
1/2 cup black coffee
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 spicy sausage, chopped (optional)

Soak the beans in clean water. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker. Saute the onion and galangal until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the clove and cardamom and saute for another minute. Add the tomato and salt. Cook until the tomato is incorporated as a mush, about 5-7 minutes. Add the drained beans, water and coffee. Pressure cook for 5-7 minutes. When cool, season according to taste with salt and pepper. Heat it through to incorporate the extra salt. Take a ladleful of the soup and crush the beans in it. Put it back into the main bowl and stir it in. This makes the soup a little thicker, which is how I like it. It can be skipped if you want yours thin. Chop and add the sausage. Serve warm. Needless to say it can be had with rice, flatbreads and pastas equally well.

1 comment:

  1. Didi,

    Nice job with the change in the theme. But those sidebar links in pink are hard to read. There are some typos in the entry - "I buy the fresh beans from a vegetable and fruit ?? soup ?? which peels them ready for the customer.", sounds somewhat weird.

    I made some apple prune smoothie last week, came out nice. Also made jam, will send the pictures some time ...


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