I was introduced to Baked Beans recently. It is definitely one of the dishes you need to try. You will enjoy this wonderful dish for it’s rich & satisfying flavor. After having Baked Beans at a restaurant, I decided it was time to give it a try at home. I looked for recipes and many suggested using Canned Beans. However, I had some Dried Red Beans in my pantry which I normally use for making Erissery. I decided to use it for my Baked Beans. I soaked it overnight and made Stove Top Baked Beans for breakfast.
Bacon, Ground Beef or Pork is often added to Baked Beans. However, I skipped all meat and kept my baked beans vegetarian. Hubby loved these beans and asked me if I actually made it from scratch.
- Red Beans (soaked overnight) – 1.5 cups
- Diced Onions – 1 medium
- Diced Green Peppers/Capsicum – 1 medium
- Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp (Alter according to your spice tolerance)
- Spicy Brown Mustard – 1 tbsp
- Brown Sugar – 4 tbsp (Alter according to your desired level of sweetness)
- Ketchup – 4 tbsp
- Vinegar – 2 tsp
- Black Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Bay Leaf – 2 big ones
- Garlic – 4 cloves
- Olive Oil – 2 tbsp
- Salt – to taste
- Water – as needed
- Rinse and drain the soaked beans. Pressure cook the beans in 3-4 cups of water along with bay leaves, garlic and salt to taste. You need to pressure cook the beans for around 20 minutes (5 to 6 whistles) on medium heat so that it becomes tender.
- Allow the pressure to subside. Open the pan, drain the beans and reserve the liquid. Discard the bay leaves.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a pan and saute onions until translucent.
- Add the bell peppers and saute for a few minutes.
- Reduce heat and add red chilly powder and little salt. Saute for a minute.
- Add the cooked beans to the pan along with 1/2 cup of reserved liquid.
- Next add mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, black pepper powder and vinegar. Mix everything together and simmer the beans for 15-20 minutes until thick and mushy.
- Stir the beans while it gets cooked so that it doesn’t stick to the pan. If the beans appear dry, add more of the reserved liquid and simmer it for a few more minutes.