The beginning of a year brings new hopes and dreams. It gives us renewed strength and opportunities to set aside baggage’s and understand and contemplate the things that really matter. People who matter, Issues that matter. Another year of growth, of learning new things, meeting new people and understanding the indefinite opportunities life has to offer. The past year has been eventful to call it the least. I meet an amazing group of people who have enriched my life and suddenly for the first time in 6 years Delhi has felt like my own. My belief, ‘that it is the people and not the place that makes us wants to stay’ has been reinforced. I have strengthened relationships that very long lost and built new one’s for life. Struggles have been overcome and even in this gloom and cold I can see a warm ray of light that will make life more fulfilling and eventful. This year, life will take a new turn, a new chapter will begin and new history will be created. Even in all the sadness and human downfall, I still see hope!
My dear friends, I wish you a Very Happy New Year and hope it brings peace, happiness and contentment to your lives.
So let’s begin this year with some healthy and delicious food that will warm and nourish your body and comfort your soul.
Baked Beans :
•If you are in a hurry the rajma can be soaked in boiling water for 3-5 hours. This will give the same effect as an overnight soak. During winters it is anyways advisable to soak them in warm water.
•The effect created by the combination of red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and sugar is amazing. I would suggest that you don’t substitute or leave out any of these ingredients.
•Fresh rosemary will give better flavour to the beans, so if you’re lucky to have some use it.
White Rajma/Pinto Beans 1 cup
Water 2 cups
Olive oil 2 tbsp
Onion 1(finely chopped)
Garlic cloves 5-6(finely chopped)
Tomatoes 5 (finely chopped)
Tomato sauce 2 tbsp
Red wine vinegar 2 tbsp
Worcestershire sauce 2 tbsp
Sugar 1 tbsp
Dried rosemary 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Paprika 2 tsp
•Soak the rajma overnight. In the morning pressure cook with salt and water. Let the first pressure release on high gas and the next two on low gas. Switch off the gas and let the steam release naturally. This will give you beans that hold their shape and are soft enough to break on pressure.
•In a deep bottomed pan heat the olive oil and add the chopped onions and garlic. Let fry till translucent.
•Add in the chopped tomatoes. Cover and cook till tomatoes are soft and loose shape.
•Now remove the cover and add in the remaining ingredients except the salt and cook till they come together and release oil.
•Add in the beans and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cook till almost all the water evaporates and the beans are well cooked. Now taste and add salt as needed.
•Serve warm with poached eggs, chicken sausages and break for a wholesome protein rich breakfast.
•Spoon in 3 – 4 tbsp of beans in a ramekin and break an egg on it. Now microwave on high for 2 minutes till the egg white is cooked and the yolk is half cooked. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve with toasted and buttered bread.
Serves : 8 – 10. Enjoy ! ! !