Anasazi beans with juniper

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Dried Anasazi or pinto beans
10 Coriander seeds
8 Juniper berries
1 small Noion
1 tablespoon Sunflower seed or light olive oil
1 teaspoon Ground red chile (opt)
1 teaspoon Dried Mexican or Greek oregano
2½ quart Water

Uncomplicated and satisfying, this recipe for anasazi beans is from Deborah Madison's "The Savory Way." You can find juniper berries in the spice section of specialty food markets.

Sort through the beans, rinse them well, cover them with cold water, and set them aside for six hours or overnight. (Or use the quick-soaking method.)

Bruise the seeds and berries in a mortar, and chop the onion into small squares.

Warm the oil in a wide-bottomed soup pot; add the onions, coriander seeds, juniper berries, chile and oregano. Cook together over medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Drain the beans and add them to the pot along with the fresh water.

Bring to a boil; then lower the heat and simmer for 40 minutes. Add salt to taste and continue cooking until the beans are as tender as you like them ~ probably another 30 minutes or so. When done, check the seasoning. Serve the beans in a bowl with the broth.

Suggestion: There are lots of tasty additions you can use - cilantro, mint, scallions, sour cream, cheese and so on. But try the beans plain first.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 401 calories, 4.84 grams fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 27⅗ milligrams sodium; 11 percent of calories form fat.

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