Beans and rice are a staple for good reason—they're hearty, simple, and a perfect blank canvas for many different flavors. Deborah Madison gives several variations for both beans and rice in her recently re-released cookbook, The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. Copyright 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House. All rights reserved. Available wherever books are sold.
- Yield:Serves 4
- Active time: 15 minutes
- Total time:1 1/2 hours
- 1 cup black, Black or Red Nightfall, or Anasazi beans
- 2 tablespoons safflower or light sesame oil
- 1 onion diced
- 2 dried red New Mexican chili pods, stems and seeds removed
- 1 large sprig of epazote
- 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon toasted, ground cumin seeds
- 1 quart water
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- To finish: diced tomato, sliced avocado, minced cilantro, and sour cream or creamy yogurt, optional
Rinse the beans then cover them with boiling water to soak for at least an hour.
Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Add the onion, epazote, chili pods, and Mexican oregano. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in the cumin, then drain the beans and add them to the pot with the water and 1 teaspoon salt.
Put on the lid, bring the pressure to high, and maintain for 20 minutes. Allow the pressure to drop slowly or do a quick release. Taste to make sure the beans are done and if they aren’t, continue simmering, covered (but not under pressure), until they are.
Dish the beans into shallow bowls and strew over the diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and cilantro. Drizzle over sour cream or yogurt, and serve.