Cooking adventures; Garlicky beans with tomatoes, garlic and ginger

Posted by on August 13, 2013 at 8:59 am.

I love a good bean dish. My favorites bean dishes come together very quickly since they don’t normally require a lot of ingredients.

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About thirty minutes ago I made the above dish. If you’d walked into our house, you’d have been greeted with the aroma of freshly ground herbs and spices (cumin, fennel, ginger and garlic) that went into this dish. Yes I used my new granite mortar and pestle.

Pressure Cooker-Soaked dried beans_1

Soaked beans ready for the pressure cooker


The beans had been soaking since yesterday, so I added them to my small Presto 8 qt. pressure cooker.

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Toasted cumin seeds


While the beans were cooking I toasted two tablespoon of cumin seeds in my stainless steel skillet. I don’t purchase pre-ground herbs/spices simply because their flavor doesn’t compare to freshly ground herbs/spices.


Mortar and Pestle - freshy ground cumin

Freshly ground cumin


I removed the toasted cumin seeds from the skillet and ground them in my mortar and pestle.


Mortar and pestle ground garlic and ginger

Mortar and pestle: Ground garlic and ginger


I also ground up about four cloves of garlic with about 2″ of ginger root.


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Fifteen minutes later, I released the pressure from the pressure cooker. I took the beans out and rinsed off the beans. The beans were black and pink beans. They normally take over an hour to make on the stovetop.

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I let the onions cook for a few moments and then I added the beans and the garlic ginger paste. I let that cook for a few minutes and then added tomatoes (fresh from our garden.) I love seeing color within the foods I prepare. I let everything cook for a few minutes more, and set aside. The results? It tastes delicious. This dish can be eaten alone,Β  added to a wrap, used as a dip, or pureed and made into bean burgers.



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