Versatile Baked Beans

We absolutely love baked beans, it’s a rare treat for us. Usually I buy store bought beans and put a ‘masala’ spin on it. However, the unavailability of canned product got me experimenting a little.

I figured any beans would do good as long as they were tiny in size. I chose red chowli (aka, black eyed peas). It barely took any pre-prep work apart form soaking the beans overnight and were ready in good time the next day.

These are so versatile because they can be dolloped on steamed rice, made quesadillas with, rolled up into chapatis as frankies, eaten as a dip, had on toast of course. The combinations are limitless!

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Red black eyed peas (laal chowli)
  • Tomatoes for puree or use canned tomato puree
  • Garlic
  • Onions, chopped finely
  • Bell pepper of your choice of colour, chopped finely
  • Cumin powder
  • Ginger powder
  • Chilli flakes
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Mustard powder
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Green chillies, finely diced (optional)
  • Red chilli flakes (optional)
  • Coriander, finely chopped
  • A little vinegar (white)

Method:

  • Soak the chowli overnight
  • Boil Tomatoes and puree them. If not use canned tomato puree
  • Pressure cook it until its nice and mushy
  • Keep it aside
  • Add olive oil to a sauce pan or skillet and on medium flame add garlic, chillies & onion and saute until the onions go a little soft (I prefer the onions a little crunchy)
  • Add peppers and salute a little more
  • Next add the pureed tomatoes
  • Once the sauce mix is nice and bubbly add the salt, pepper, cumin powder, mustard powder, sugar all to taste
  • Add the mushy chowli and ‘mush’ a wee bit more if required
  • Bring to boil until its all nicely mixed up
  • Add water to bring it to desired consistency
  • Turn off heat after a good boil
  • Garnish with fresh chopped coriander

PS: I sprinkle the red chili flakes only on our share, my children can handle a small hit of heat from the green chillies but the dried red ones will take some time.

Serve warm with your choice of accompaniment.

We had these for dinner followed by breakfast of fried egg on a layer of beans on toast the next day :)

How do you like your beans?

Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Here’s a family favourite the oats, chia, cocoa smoothie bowl. Easy to make, easy crowd pleaser and It saves me a tonne of time during school rush hour.

It’s sweetened with honey and bananas. What’s more my 4 year old loves it too!

Ingredients:

  • Overnight Oats
  • Frozen bananas
  • Overnight soaked chia seeds
  • Cocoa powder
  • Honey

Toppers:

  • Granola
  • Puffed amaranth

Method:

Blitz it all together until smooth.

One can add dry fruit powder, an array of fruits, seeds and anything that you think will enhance its flavour or nutritional value.