OH BABY its COLD outside....and this cold weather always calls for something hot and steamy. My 6 Bean Dumpling Stew was all I needed to warm me up from an almost 10 degree weather that came upon us. This stew was chunky, deliciously spicy, smooth and very tasty like us Latinas like it.
So I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
1/4 c. split peas
1/4 c. lentils
1/4 c. barley
1/4 c. garbanzos
1/4 c. kidney beans
1/4 c. black beans
Soak all these grains together in water for 1 hour, then put them to boil, add hot water as needed until they are tender.
After the beans are cooked, set them aside.
Fill a pot of water to boil for your dumplings. As the water comes to a boil mix your dumpling ingredients in a bowl.
1-1/2 c. white flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix together, then add:
3 TB. of vegetable oil
to the flour and slowly mix it all together while adding some warm tap water into the mix until the mixture is well mixed making sure the dough is light and not heavy (with a slight stickiness to it).
Now with the tip of the spoon pick up a 1/2 tsp. of the dough and with your finger...tip off the dough into the boiling water. Repeat this procedure until the entire pot is full of small dumplings. Let them boil for only 7 minutes...set them aside.
In a blender or food processor chop these ingredients together:
1/2 yellow onion sliced in quarters
8 sprigs of fresh cilantro
5 fresh garlic cloves
In a non-stick stew or soup pot pour in:
1/2 tsp. olive oil
On low temperature saute these spices for about 2 minutes, then add:
1 diced red pepper
Saute lightly and then add the remaining:
1/2 of the onion (chopped well)
1 envelope of Jamon
1 envelope of Sazon
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
12 can of tomato sauce
1/2 envelope of McCormick Mild Chili mix
2 TB. brown sugar
Add the beans without the water. Mix well with a wooden spoon then add:
Add 1 cup of the hot water you cooked the beans in and then add the dumplings. Mix lightly and let it cook (covered) for 5 minutes on low. Then lightly stir again and uncover the pot, let it get chunky with very little water...serve hot with your favorite vegan sandwich.
P.S. if you would like your bean stew to be hot and spicy just change the mild flavored chili mix to "HOT chili mix", omit the brown sugar and add some red crushed peppers...enjoy.
From my Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD!