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#KFB Foodie Talk! How to make ‘Beans Porridge”


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our newbies, the KFB foodie talk column – handled by Dobby of Dobbysignature – is basically for ladies and
‘guys’ that are interested in learning how to cook better ;).

Beans porridge is a simple one pot meal enjoyed by most
people. 
While growing up, Beans was one of my favorite meals especially the
soupy porridge type as shown in this recipe. Back then, I ate it so much cos my
dad always told my brothers and i that to be as tall as he was, we had to eat
lots and lots of beans. 
Currently, at 5 ft something I’m not what you might
call tall….lol! 
Don’t know where i went wrong with my consumption but i guess
that theory doesn’t work for everyone.

To
make it a balanced tasty meal, fried or Boiled plantain, Yam, corn or Sweet
potato is often added. Beans is one of the best source of protein. it’s
also rich in Fiber, high-quality carbohydrates, vitamins and
minerals. These heart-healthy nutrients gotten from beans help lower cholesterol,
triglycerides, and blood pressure, and they can reduce your risk of coronary
artery disease, osteoporosis and diabetes. Beans
porridge could be served with Bread, Fried/boiled Yam or plantain, Pap, Custard, or Soaked
garri
P.S: Beans is associated with
flatulence, indigestion and bloating in some people with irritable bowel
syndrome (IBS) so if you’ve got IBS you might want to limit beans in your diet.
 
How to make Beans Porridge
• Prep Time:  15mins
• Cook Time: 45mins -1hour
• Serves :       4


Ingredients:::
• 300g Brown/white
Beans
• 1 medium
sized Onion
• 2 red
scotch bonnet Pepper “Ata rodo”
• 1
seasoning cube
  2 Cooking spoon palmoil
• 2 tbsp.
Crayfish – Optional
• Salt to
taste
• Yam /
Plantain /Sweet Potato /Corn – Optional
Direction:::
Step
1:
Separate the beans from the chaff,
rinse and place in a pot. Add the enough water just enough to cover the beans
in the pot and add the chopped onion and pepper. Do not add salt at this stage.
This is because salt tends to harden the beans even more.
  

Step
2: 
Cook on medium heat till tender
while adding water once in a while when you notice it drying up. It’s always
best to keep the water on the same level as the beans while cooking till it
gets soft.
Step
3:
Once the beans is soft, add the Palm
oil, Seasoning cube, Salt, Crayfish. At this point, you can add your cut yam/
plantain or sweet potato (if you enjoy it better mixed with the beans
otherwise, you can simply fry it separately and set aside). Don’t Stir – Cover
and let it cook for about 15 mins more till the beans porridge turns soupy like
in the picture below and the added yam/ plantain or sweet potato is done. 
  

Step
4:
At this point, stir with a wooden
spoon and add the corn. Leave to simmer on low heat for 5 minutes more.
Serve with
Fried yam, Fried plantain or Fried sweet potato if you didn’t any while cooking.
Even if you did, you could also serve beans porridge with Bread, Pap(akamu/ogi)
Custard or soaked garri…Enjoy!!!
 

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