Tamarind Frijoles [Beans] – these are rad…

Super great tamarind beans on a table

tamarind, frijoles [beans], chili de arbol, garlic, onionThese are the best beans I have made since the Frijoles con Chocolada!

What you’ll need – Tamarind pods, Chili de Arbol, Garlic [I used Elephant for this], Beans [I used Black], Onion, Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Tumeric [powdered], 2 large yellow stripped Hierloom Tomatoes, oil [I used Olive, you may choose whatever you like] and 2 large green Jalapenos.

Start by getting your bag of black beans and emptying it on the counter to beginning the most essential part of the process – rock separation.  If you do not have to worry about rocks in your beans where you are, great, if you are in a place where there are rocks, you probably know by now if you have had homemade beans.  Do a very good job with this step, I have a Dentist appt. soon due to my negligence=]

Now rinse and soak the beans in as clean a water as you can find.  Try to avoid Tap water and have some kind of filtered water if possible.  The beans will soak up this water and whatever is in it will then be in you.  Know your Water, it completes you.

I used a pressure cooker, you can opt for a simple pot, just as effective and if you do it over a wood fire, even better.

Stir fry the Onion until it starts to lightly brown, then add the Garlic mixture.  In chopping the Garlic, chop it together with a tablespoon or two of the Sea Salt and the dried and fresh Chilis.

Add whole Tamarinds AFTER, you take off the shell.  Put in the whole thing, the seeds will be cooked and end up soft and chewy, turns out they also have a lot of good stuff for you, vitamins and minerals and things scientists don’t understand but know are good for us=]

Let this get darker brown, but NOT black.  Now add the chopped tomatoes.  Stir randomly to ensure even browning and minimal sticking, some sticking O.k. as Beans, Water and boiling are en route.   Add a little more Sea Salt and Pepper and now also add the Tumeric.  Your mixture should be brown, juicy and getting to a semi gravy like state.

Now add Beans and Water, stir a bit to initiate ninjafication.

As beans are cooking, add water to enhance the gravy aspect to your desired thickness.  If using a pressure cooker check after 20 min and then continue checking every 15 adding water or not based on what you like.  I fill the standard pressure cooking pot to about the halfway point with my Beans and Flavor mix and then water right to with a 1/2 inch from the top and that has me covered for a 30 min cook which is usually great for eating and right on time if you want to continue fine tuning.Super great tamarind beans on a table

Enjoy this most insanely healthy dish, add to brown rice, make a perfect protein by adding to CORN Tortillas.  Feel free to heat your Tortillas, toasting them, browning them, whatever shakes your shaker.