Saturday, August 19, 2006

A Haitian Meal (Part 3)


Deceptively simple, and yet utterly beguiling!


2 cups red kidney beans

2 cloves garlic (minced)
4 large shallots (diced)
1 large onion (finely diced)
8 cloves
8 whole peppercorns

4 cups long grained rice (the CC used basmati)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
salt to taste


Soak the beans overnight (or at least 8 hours.)

Pressure cook them with salt till tender but not soft. (This is a tricky assignment!)

Heat the oil, and fry the onions and shallots till soft. Add the garlic, and fry till golden. Add the cloves and peppercorns, and fry till they "plump" slightly.

Add the rice, and fry for roughly a minute. Add the beans, thyme, and salt, and roughly 6 cups of water. Bring to a simmer, and let it cook until the rice is done. (roughly 10 minutes. You may need to add a little bit more water.)

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