For this month’s #Food of the World event, we are traveling to Cuba. Cuban cuisine is quite new to me. I’ve never made any Cuban dishes at home nor tried anything outside. So I took to Google looking for vegetarian Cuban recipes.
The typical meal consists of plantains, black beans, Cuban bread, pork with onions and tropical fruits. Black beans and rice, referred to Moros and plantains are staples of the Cuban diet. Garlic, cumin, oregano and bay leaves are the dominant spices.
The author says that Cuban black beans are never served with yellow rice, but I served them together anyway because I happened to make them on the same day. If you want to follow the tradition, then serve the black beans with some Cuban bread or regular rice.
Recipe adapted from Chow.com:
- 1 cup Black Beans
- 2 Onion Medium , quarterd and finely chopped
- 2 1 quartered and 1 Peppers small Green , finely chopped
- 4 cloves Garlic - 2 cloves left whole and the other 2 finely minced
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 tsp Cumin Ground , divided
- ½ tsp Apple cider Vinegar
- to taste Salt Pepper &
- Soak the beans for at least 10~12 hours or overnight.
- Now cook the beans along with the quartered onion, green pepper, 2 slit garlic cloves, ½tsp ground cumin, salt and pepper. Add water to reach 1" about the beans line. Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 1½~2hours or until the beans are very tender. Alternately beans can be pressure cooked until tender, for about 8~10 minutes. Then proceed with the recipe as mentioned below.
- Remove the onions and peppers and grind them to a paste and add it back to the black beans and keep simmering.
- Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a saucepan, add bay leaf, the remaining 2 finely minced garlic, finely chopped onion and green pepper. Cook till the onions are turning lightly brown and the peppers are tender.
- Add the cooked onion mixture to the black beans along with apple cider vinegar, remaining ground cumin, salt and pepper. Cook for 10~15 minutes for the flavors to mingle, beans are tender and the broth gets nice and thick. Serve hot with some Cuban bread.