Avi’s Mauritian bean soup

Avi’s Mauritian bean soup

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Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home
Serves
2
Photographer
Patricia Niven

MRS: When Finn started school last year it was really lovely to become part of the school community. We had an awesome group of prep parents that love picnics in the park, dinners out and limoncello (you know who you are!) and who have become close friends. Avi and Kate are parents from the class and this simple, quick-to-make soup is a regular on their dinner table.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 tablespoons non-gmo vegetable oil
1 white onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2cm piece fresh ginger, finely grated
1 teaspoon salt flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 x 400g tin butterbeans, black-eyes peas or red kidney beans, drained
1 handful english spinach, silverbeet (swiss chard) or tuscan kale, chopped
1 small red chilli, chopped (optional)
1/4 bunch of coriander, chopped, plus extra to garnish

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a low heat, add the onion, garlic and ginger and sauté for 5 minutes until softened and fragrant. Add the salt, thyme, cumin and tomatoes, cover with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes are soft. Stir in the beans and 250 ml water and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

    Add the spinach and red chilli, if using, and cook for a further 2–3 minutes, then remove from the heat and stir through the coriander. Divide between bowls, scatter over a little extra coriander to finish and serve.

A LITTLE NOTE FROM AVI

  • As well as being served as a soup, this can also be enjoyed with rice, cucumber salad and sautéed bitter gourd or chokos (chayotes) as sides, which is how we would eat it back home. Generally we would use dried beans soaked overnight and cooked in the pressure cooker but I have substituted tinned here for ease.
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