Mashed Beans over Fried Rice Patties
This dish is a little twist from the traditional rice and beans. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the ingredients. The flavor is totally amazing!
• 2 cups brown beans
• 2 cups rice
• 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tsp salt
• 1 tsp pepper
• 2-3 tbsp ghee
• crumbled cheese
First add the uncooked beans into the pressure cooker with water that is about 2 inches above the beans. Pressure cook the beans for about 35 minutes if you did not soak the beans or 20 minutes if you soaked the beans over night. While the beans are cooking, cook the rice as you would normally do.
When the beans are ready, separate the bean cooking water and beans. Place the cooked beans back into the pot and add 1 cup bean cooking water, salt and pepper. Take a potato masher and begin mashing the beans until it is 3/4th’s mashed. Do not mash completely! For the best flavor, leave some beans chunks. Next add the chopped cilantro and mix it all together and you are done!
Now it is time to make the fried rice patties. Place the cooked rice into a mixing bowl. Using a hand blender, blend the rice leaving about 50% of whole rice chunks. By doing this step the rice will become sticky allowing the rice patties to remain in one piece while cooking. Next oil your hands and then begin rolling the sticky rice into medium sized balls. Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a frying skillet and then place only about 6 balls in the hot ghee. Cook on one side until a little golden. Then flip the balls to the opposite side, and using a spoon, press the balls down to make a patty. Cook until golden on both sides and then lay them onto a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Continue this process until you have finished making all the rice patties.
Now it is time to put it all together. Place a rice patty on a plate and top with the mashed beans and a little crumbled cheese. Serve with lettuce and you are ready to offer to Kṛṣṇa with love and devotion!