Arroz de Feijão Tarifi
I ate arroz de feijão in Lisbon, which I visited last month. It was served with fried fish. In my opinion, it was not a very successful match, but apart from that, it was a very tasty pot dish on its own. As a true Turk, I couldn't help but dream of yogurt with it. I didn't just dream it, I cooked it as soon as possible after returning home and added yogurt to it while serving. It was delicious, just as I expected.
Arroz means rice, feijão means beans. Arroz de fajião also means rice with beans. A one pot dish with rice, such as our spinach stew with rice or leek dish rice. The only difference is that tomato paste is not used. But thanks to the grated tomato and paprika, its deficiency is not felt. However, if you want, you can also add tomato paste.
Since it is made with red beans, it reminds chilli con carne recipe. It's like the version with rice instead of ground beef. But it's not that spicy. Of course, if you like spicy, you can add it. I don't add it to the dish directly, but I sprinkle chili pepper on top while serving. Actually, I do this with all tomato paste dishes, nothing special for arroz de feijão.
There is a very important point in the making of arroz de feijão. Beans should be cooked to the extent that they can continue to cook after adding rice in pressure cooker. If it is cooked too much beforehand, it will fall apart until the rice is cooked. If they are not softened enough, the cooking time of the rice will not be enough to soften the beans completely, as the rice cooks in a short time.
Can I Use Canned Beans?
Since canned beans are overcooked, they will fall apart in recipes that need to be cooked for a while. But if you have to, after cooking the dish completely, including the rice, you can add the canned beans last and try not to crush them while mixing, and you can bring it to a boil and remove from the fire.
Enjoy the recipe...
- 1 cup raw red beans,
- 1/2 cup of rice,
- 1 onion,
- 1 clove of garlic,
- 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil,
- 1 cup of grated tomatoes,
- 1 teaspoon of red sweet paprika,
- 1 bay leaf,
- 4 cup of hot water.
- Soak the beans and leave for 6-12 hours,
- Heat the olive oil in a pressure cooker,
- Add the chopped onion and minced garlic and stir fry until soft,
- Add the paprika and mix,
- Add tomato puree and bay leaf and mix,
- Add the beans and water, close the lid and cook until the beans are slightly fresh,
- Open the lid and add the rice and salt and mix,
- Cook on low heat until the rice softens and remove from the heat,
- Remove the bay leaf.
Enjoy your meal...