How to Make Beans and Rice plus Platanos.

Yesterday dinner my mum, sister, and I made a delicious meal…or as my dad likes to say “a malicious deal.” (Which, by the way Dad, has a very different meaning…)   Anyways, we made beans and rice and platanos. I took pictures because I could because mum’s camera happened to be in the kitchen.

Here is my mum’s recipe for Honduran beans and rice as she wrote it on Facebook. She grew up there so she knows stuff. It’s really really good.

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Honduran Rice 

  • One small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Saute on medium heat in sauce pan for a couple of minutes stirring occasionally. Then add:

  • two cups raw rice

Saute for several minutes longer on high heat stirring constantly. Then add:

  • 4 scant cups water ( I add a little less than the bag says to because there is liquid in the tomatoes)
  • 1-2 tomatoes diced (I add a can of diced tomatoes with the liquid and then I reduce the amount of water by about a half of a cup)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • juice of one lemon

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat cover and simmer about 20-30 minutes.

Honduran Beans 

  • 4 cans of black beans. (drain some of the liquid off the top of each can)
  • 1 can of dice tomatoes or 2 medium tomatoes diced

Add these to a large pan and begin heating up on medium heat. Meanwhile…saute in small skillet:

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed

Add these to the beans and tomatoes then add the following spices:

  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • (optional) cilantro leaves …I chop them with scissors and add about three forths of the bunch
  • The canned beans are salted already so I don’t add salt.
  • Sometimes I add the juice of a lemon

Bring all this to a boil reduce heat and simmer until the rice is done.

Hondurans alway serve their beans and rice with a hot sauce or hot pico-de-gallo and lots of corn tortillas.

When I make beans and rice I chop all of the onion and crush all of the garlic for both recipes and saute them all together in a pan. Then I set some aside for the beans and get my rice simmering before finishing the beans.

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Okay so that is how to make Honduran beans and rice. Now for the extra awesome stuff. Here is how to make platanos. Platanos are kind of like bananas except you can’t eat them raw cause they’re gross. However, when you fry and salt them, they become the greatest food known to man.

Step #1. Go to the grocery store and buy one platano per person.

Step #2. Drive home.

Step #3. Peal the platano, cut it in half and then cut each half into thirds.

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Step #4. Fry the platanos in oil.  At first they will stick a little. Don’t try to pry them up; let them cook for a little bit until they come free easily and are brownish on the bottom. Then turn them over and let the other side cook until slightly brown.

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Step #5. Place the platanos on a platter with paper towels in between the layers. Salt to taste.

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Step #6. Enjoy.

You are welcome.

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