Soup…bean soup that is!

{This post was actually written a couple months ago…I just never got a round tuit. *}

Well, here I am again. I don’t have my camera, so my posts will be a little more boring until I find it or get a new one(which I don’t really want to do until i know what happened to the old one)

I made some black bean soup the other night. The recipe was from a book a friend lent me called “Romancing the Stove”, full of Indian inspired recipes. Apparently I didn’t read the recipe very well though, because I realized after I’d bought the beans that they were supposed to be black eyed beans instead. Other than being darker than it should have been, I don’t think that it made much difference. I ended up cooking it much longer than I was supposed to and I think it was much better that way, since it allowed the flavors to blend well and the beans to get softer. I would give this recipe 3 of  stars; it was a good soup. I’d make it again I think, but it wasn’t anything too special.

Here is the recipe, with my changes  in brackets:

2Cups Black eyed beans (black eyed beans)                                                                                                                                                                                                                              10cups         water                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 2Tghee(oliveoil)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2driedredchiles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2bayleaves                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1tspcuminseeds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1cinnamon sticks                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4 cardamom pods                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1tsp ground turmeric                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1tsp chili powder (didn’t have any)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2 tomatoes (dried tomatoes)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1tsp sea salt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              fresh grated ginger                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1tsp roasted ground cumin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2t fresh coriander leaves(didn’t use)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Soak beans overnight, change water, rinse well and bring to a boil. Lower heat and cover and simmer till tender. Hear the ghee in a saucepan add chili bay leaves and sizzle till brown. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and sizzle till brown. Add the spices to beans. mix well and simmer for 5 minutes.  Garnish with coriander leaves.  Serve with rice or bread.  ( I added 1 grated carrot and a chopped onion to give it some more texture and flavor)

* When I was a kid I remember going to my great-uncle’s house. In the bathroom, there was a round object; a round tuit to be precise. If you never seem to get things done, you now know what you are missing.