Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
Every Sunday, my Colombian friends get together and have a big cook-out for lunch, and they share in fellowship. I like observing the merriment. They make group cooking a lot of fun. Today, they made a kidney bean stew which tastes absolutely wonderful. I think the flavour was in the lard. This is one of those dishes that tastes better if kept for the next day.
- 500 g red beans (soaked overnight) or 500 g kidney beans (soaked overnight)
- 300 g fatty pork knuckle
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons lard (from the pork knuckle)
- 3 -4 tomatoes, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup green onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- Cut the pork knuckle into little pieces, the size of your thumbnail.
- In a non stick pan, fry the pork until the pieces are crisp, and golden brown in colour.
- Remove from pan, and drain.
- Rinse the beans and run them through your hands to make sure that there are no small stones or bits of earth among them.
- Put the beans, pork fritters and lard into the pot and add enough water to cover the beans.
- Boil for about 2 hours stirring occasionally every 20 minutes, covered until they are tender, but not soft.
- In a separate pan, sauté the green onions and tomatoes for about 8- 10 minutes, until you get a nice thick sauce and all the tomatoes are dissolved.
- Remove from fire and add the tomato sauce to the bean stew.
- Add the salt, cumin and cilantro, and simmer for another 30 minutes, adding water if necessary.
- Serve with rice.
I was a bit concerned by the colour of this dish when I was cooking it. At one point I was reminded of the old twin-tub washing machines and I started to think I must have done something wrong. But then it all came together at stage 8 and the pot came to life with the colour from the tomato sauce. This went down really well. Everyone came back for seconds. Delicious and not at all expensive. It was the first time I had used green onions in cooking. I had only used them in salads before. I have since used the green onion and tomato sauce with pasta and meat balls and pasta and vegetables.