Lebanese Buttery Spiced Beans

I’ve meant to recreate this dish for several years, and finally today was THE day.

The inspiration for this dish comes from a great little Lebanese restaurant, that is sadly no longer open, but while it was we would pop along and fill our boots. The owner used to cook a great 3 bean dish, originally his mother’s recipe, which was simple and tasty. The main ingredients a large shelling bean like Chickpeas or Borlotti, lots of butter and 3 spices – Cumin and Coriander.

And that’s where my memory stops. I can’t work out what the 3rd spice was. For the life of me the 3rd spice remains elusive! Fennel, maybe? Carraway, not sure. Chilli, definitely not. What I do know is that it wasn’t Scary, Baby or Posh Spice!

You can see how this list could go on, so I decided to roll with my memory loss and just make 2 spice buttery beans, with the addition of a clove of chopped garlic. Simple, tasty, full of protein and easy to make.

Lebanese Buttery Spiced Beans

Ingredients ~

  • 200g of cooked beans like Chickpeas or Borlotti work well, or as in my case Major Cooke French Beans grown and dried earlier in the year
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 – 2 tbsp butter

Method ~

  • Dry fry half the cumin and coriander seeds until they start to turn a darker colour and a marvellous aroma fills the kitchen, and then grind them.
  • In a large pan, melt the butter, then add the chopped garlic and all the coriander and cumin seeds and the powder, stir for a few minutes.
  • Now add the beans and gently mix the spices and the beans. Cover the pan with a lid and gently cook for approx 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Season to taste with some salt and black pepper.

Serve them with some feta cheese, diced cucumber, sliced red onion, a chopped tomato, grilled vehetables, some olives, a dip like humous and pita or flatbreads; the choice is yours. A perfect and quick and simple lunch, packed with protein and goodness.

Gardening Notes ~

Climbing French Bean Major Cooke. An heirloom shelling bean that has distinctive blue mottled pods.

About these ads

14 thoughts on “Lebanese Buttery Spiced Beans

  1. Terrific photos of your dried beans and the in the garden with Major Cooke! I see it is till snowing in your photos. The Major doesn’t seem to care, he’s hidden under a leaf with sunshine as as his reinforcements!


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s