Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dark Days Challenge Recipe Week 12- White Beans & Rice (Fasooli)

I stumbled upon this yesterday as I was looking for a recipe that included Great Northern Beans, which is what I happened to have in my pantry. Usually I have to sneak beans into meals I make- I'm not a big fan of beans all on their lonesome. This recipe proves an exception to the rule- it features beans pretty prominently, and it turned out amazingly delicious. Maybe I was wrong about beans? Or maybe this recipe is just that good! The version below includes the few herbs that I added to season to my liking.

Fasooli- White beans and rice
1 onion, chopped
source: Carpenters Farm, Ann Arbor
2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped 
source: my backyard garden
3 cups cooked great northern beans 
source: Michigan, 150 mile radius
1 can tomato paste
source: Eden Foods, Clinton MI
3 cups filtered water
3 cups basmati rice, cooked
source: far away, purchased Ypsi Food Co-op
2 to 3 teaspoons sea salt
source: far away, purchased Ypsi Food Co-op
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 
source: my backyard garden
1/2 teaspoon cumin
source: far away, purchased Ypsi Food Co-op

  • Over medium heat, saute onions in olive oil. After a few minutes, add garlic. Stir frequently. Let onions saute until transparent and soft.
  • In a 4 cup measuring cup, mix tomato paste with water until smooth.
  • Add great northern beans, spices and tomato paste/water mixture to pot. Taste, adjust seasonings if necessary. Simmer to heat all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Turn off heat. Serve over basmati rice.
Serve and Enjoy!

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