16 Nov: Brown beans with fried tofu

Dish number two today is a real classic! Here in Sweden you can get the beans in a tube ready made, but of course we had to make it from scratch. It’s based on something we call brown beans (Phaseolus vulgaris var. nanus), not sure it exist all over? It is one of the few beans that we grow here. I’m wondering if you might be able to replace them with pinto or kidney beans? We’ve been growing them here since the 15th century. I’m not sure what else to do with them except this dish, but it’s very tasty so maybe you wouldn’t want to anyway? This is another one of those “sweet and sour” flavored dishes we have here. You flavor the sauce with a special vinegar called Ättika, but plain vinegar should be fine.  You also use golden syrup, and it CAN´T be replaced with maple syrup it has to be something non flavored, you might even be able to use sugar. The sauce is supposed to be rather sweet, but add a little at a time and see what you like. Now to the recipe:

Brown beans with fried tofu serves 3 people

0,6 lbs of dry brown beans (or other)
3 cups water
1/2 onion

vinegar
syrup
salt
corn starch

Soak the beans in water for at least 8 hours, rinse and clean them and then
boil in about 3 cups of water and half an onion (whole) for about
30 min, or until soft. Then take out the onion and now it’s supposed to have
thickened a bit. If it hasn’t you could take some water out and thicken
it with some corn starch. Then add salt, syrup and vinegar to taste.

Serve with the fried tofu from this recipe and some potatoes.

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One comment

  1. Oh yum, that looks so good. I love tofu & brown beans are my favourite type of bean!

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