Sunday, November 2, 2008
Finally posting this one.
Beans and rice was my favorite meal in Malawi. I could never get it quite as delicious as a Malawian could, but I did my best. I also really loved the beans with Nsima (staple food of Malawi), but I have not cooked that since I've been back.
For the beans:
1 bag of red kidney beans
1 clove garlic
I don't have any specific measurements for any of this, but I usually cook the beans with a significant amount of water. I prefer mine not too runny, but enough water to keep the moisture. Add salt to the beans, to taste.
Once the beans are nearing done (usually about 3 hours on the stove top) begin chopping onion and mincing garlic. Simmer in olive oil. Chop tomatoes and add to onions and garlic. Cook until tomatoes form a sauce. Add this sauce to your finished beans and stir in, cooking for about another 15 minutes.
I prefer my rice extra sticky, but prepare your rice the way you like it :)
Enjoy! And imagine cooking this on an open fire. If you want the full experience, go to your back yard, place three large stones in a circle (just far enough apart that a pot can sit on top of them. Gather some sticks and wood for your fire, and place between the stones, with the fire focused in the center. This cooks your beans much faster, but you will have to continually watch the water level, and keep your fire going for a couple of hours! Good luck with that part! :)