Friday, February 6, 2009

Black Bean & Vegetable Ragout

Ragout refers to a stew to be served as itself or with a main dish and also to sauce for starchy foods like noodles or pasta.Basically it is a French stew slow cooked and can contain meat,vegetables,legumes or combo and choice of seasonings and spices.Each cuisine has its own way of naming a dish.What we call as stew in English is Ragout in French or Goulash in German.This is just a generalization,subcategories and subtle differences sometimes based on ingredients and region do exist though.For example,ratatouille is a stew from French province of Nice and Pepperonata is an Italian stew made of peppers as main ingredient.Goulashes are East European cousins of English stew.I found a simple blackbean ragout here and enhanced it with more vegetables to obtain a hearty,filling and healthy side dish.

Ingredients:
Black Beans: 1/4 cup presoaked and cooked
Onion: 1 small
Garlic: 1 clove


Optional Mixed Veggies
(Carrot: 1 small
Zucchini: 1 small
Green Bell Pepper: 1 very small or 1/2 )


Fresh Thyme -2-3 sprigs
Vegetable Broth(optional): 1/2 cup
Tomatoes:2 medium
Tomato Paste/Puree/Juice
Water
Olive Oil :2-3 tsp
Salt
Pepper

Preparation:
Cook the blackbeans in pressure cooker,till almost done.We can later finish the cooking with the other ingredients.Finely chop onions and mince garlic.Chop the mixed veggies if using into bite sized pieces.You can avoid the veggies altogether and use beans only as well.

Heat olive oil in a thick bottomed pan.Add the onion,garlic and carrot and bell pepper to it.Add thyme,little salt and pepper and saute till it begins to cook.Add the beans along with the water in which it is cooked,broth and chopped tomatoes and tomato paste/puree/juice and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the gravy thickens and the required stew like consistency is reached.Add cubed zucchini(if using) in the last 10 minutes,so that it is correctly cooked.If other vegetables are used,add the quick cooking veggies in the last few minutes of cooking and adjust salt and pepper.Serve as a hearty side with rice or breads.

You can avoid broth if needed or even reduce it and use water or tomato juice or more chopped tomatoes.If using canned crushed tomatoes,also add in the brine/syrup in which they came.I added only 1/2 cup of broth and then added little water and also the water in which the beans are cooked.I also used 1 chopped tomato and also 1-2 tbsp of tomato paste.Even after 15-20 minutes there is more liquid in the dish,increase the heat and let it boil for a few minutes until the stew consistency is reached.

A warm bowl of this hearty bean dish is on way to My Legume Love Affair -8th helping, this time hosted by the creator herself-Susan,the well seasoned cook.

Another warm bowl goes to dear DK who is AWED by French Cuisine and is wondering at the lighted and very beautiful Eiffel Tower about her Blue Ribbon/Cordon Bleu ,Bon Appetit!

Also if you like,you can use soaked beans directly.You follow the method and instead of adding cooked beans,added soaked and rinsed beans,water and the rest and cook for 2-3 hours on stovetop or in a pressurecooker till done.To be used as a sauce,puree the dish in a blender either finely or with chunks as per taste.

28 Comments:

Yasmeen said...

wholesome french stew,pass the bowl please:)

Mangala Bhat said...

wow!this stew looks soo perfect .. thanks for the recipe!!!

Varsha Vipins said...

Lovely Lovely n again Lovely..:)
Thanks for sharing so much info abt stews..:)

Cham said...

Veg ragout sounds tasty , I never tasted veg version, probably i gonna see lots of veg French dishes soon...Great for this winter weather

Sarah Herman said...

Yah a fellow food blogger! Love ragout, ummm so yummy! Feel free to check out my website!
www.sjgourmet.com

jayasree said...

Thats one wholesome stew. The bowl of stew is very tempting.

Suma Rajesh said...

looks perfect and healthy..

Priya said...

Wow wat a delicious vegetarian ragout, i never tasted as vegetarian, thanks for letting me know about an event CL...waiting to see more vegetarian french dishes from ur side:)

rekhas kitchen said...

lovely so beautiful color and like the recipe too

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. Simply awesome recipe.

n33ma said...

I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks.

Sunshinemom said...

Another stew? As always looks great! This looks like a wholesome meal too. Are you a fitness freak? Just curious because you cook so many types of stews and soups:)

Vanamala said...

nice one...love the recipe

PG said...

hey, my comment vanished. :( Once again, I said:
Lovely ragout! Pass it on... OI also want to slurp on it! :)

PG said...

BTW, I didn't answer your querry you had put once upon time. :)
One possible explaination would be like this: One basic thing is that fat and water repel. So, mixing it with watery things would cause this "curdeling"- though this term is reserved for proteinaceous things- so maybe it is a combination of two things, first the combination of water and fat and the second one being the "proteins" in the tofu which is basically 'denatured' i.e., 'curdelled' proteins without the whey. As you might know, in an acidic or sour medium proteins usually curdle.
But, this is all hypothesis, as we don't have 'controls', the most important part of an experiment.
Hope I was of some help.

Madhu said...

Nothing more comforting than a bowl of soup/stew. Looks good and nice entry for both events...

Sara said...

I love stews like this, I am always looking for more recipes that involve beans!

soma said...

Yet another healthy tasty filling meal. :-)
Soma(www.ecurry.com)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

that is a yummy bowl of soup :) or is it stew? very nutritious.. what more can you ask for?

Joie de vivre said...

This looks wholesome and comforting.

Vaishali said...

Delicious and healthy, Curry. A lovely, lovely ragout indeed!

Preety said...

chk out the roundup of cooking for kids event

http://preetyskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/02/cooking-for-kids-milk-products-roundup.html

Cynthia said...

I like all kinds of beans and black beans are is among my favourites.

SriLekha said...

recipe looks yum 'n' delicious!
join with us in the EFM -Microwave Oven Series!

PG said...

Forgot to mention last time: Wishing you a good move! All The Best!

Uj said...

stew looks filling and yummy

Susan said...

As much as I love Latin black bean recipes, it's so nice to see a Mediterranean touch.

Thank you very much, Curry Leaf, for this robust and healthy ragout to share with MLLA8.

DK said...

Girl with so much packing going on at your end, u still find time to send/make entries for events!!!! You are truely something! Love this..anything with beans becomes my fav..will make this soon :)

Thanks for sending this over to AWED French

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