Friday, August 7, 2009

Mid Eastern Beans and Rice

(this is for the smallest possible batch. I usually double or triple this recipe)

1 can of drained black eyed peas (Iraqi version), or 1 cup cooked green fava beans (Iranian version)
1 cup of basmati rice
dill weed (I use dried)


1. put a large pot of salted water on the boil
2. add the rice (you can wash it first or soak it if you want to reduce the cooking time)
3. cook the rice for 8-9 minutes (less if washed) or until it is al dente-- not completely cooked. Drain
4. put some butter (I always use enough to clog my arteries) in the bottom of the pot and melt it--
5. add the drained rice, the drained black eyed peas/fava beans, salt to your taste, and several spoonfulls of dill weed-- you choose how much you'd like-- but at least 1 tbs per batch-- I always use quite a bit more than that.
6. use your spatula to make the rice mixture look like Devil's Tower (dont forget to hum the melody for Close Encounters lol lol ) and poke a few holes down through the mixture with the handle of your spatula to facilitate steaming.
7. I put a few more pats of butter on top and more salt if needed
8. put a paper towel or thin dish towel over the top of the pan, and then put the lid of the pot over the top-- if the rag is long, tie it on top of the lid.
9. Steam on LOW heat for 15-25 minutes or until u can't stand it anymoreHow to eat it-- some people like this with a Roast chicken, but I always go the vegitarian way by just taking home made pickles (torshi) and plain yoghurt to mix in. Serve with a nice salad with a lemon vinagrette too


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