Fasolada is a traditional dish in Greek cuisine that is prepared with beans and vegetables, usually recognized as the national food of the Greeks. Greek beans are a very nutritious, healthy dish, suitable for vegetarians, since there is no presence of meats or sausages, and low in fat.
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A dish of fasolada can have about 200 calories, about 8 g of fat, 29 g of carbohydrates and about 6 g of protein, which translates into 35% fat, 11% protein and approximately 54% of carbohydrates
Although today the fasolada can be taken at any time of the year, if we analyze its history, it was originally a typical dish of the Lenten period, during Holy Week. Hence the original recipe does not include any type of meat.
Below we show you the necessary ingredients to 4 people according to the traditional Greek recipe:
- 400 g of dried white beans
- 2 red onions
- 2 large carrots
- A branch of celery
- One garlic clove
- 1 tablespoon dried mint
- 2 very ripe tomatoes
- Some bay leaves and parsley
- A cup of olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Spices to taste (oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram …)
Step by step preparation
- The process of preparing the fasolada begins the day before, since we must leave the beans for at least 24 hours to soak in cold water so that the next day reduce the cooking time by half.
- After having the beans to soak, when it is time to start cooking, the first thing we should do is to boil them in a casserole for about 40 minutes. We must not fill the casserole with water, it will be enough to cover it to the surface of the beans.
- During the time we leave the beans cooking, we can cut the carrots into slices, chop the onions and garlic so that they remain in small squares, peeling the tomato and removing the seeds, and cutting the celery into segments.
- Once the 40 minutes of cooking the beans have passed, we drain them and put them back in the pot.
- When we have finished cutting and peeling the vegetables, then we throw them into the casserole where the beans are.
- The next step is to add the bay leaves and parsley, salt, dried mint, black pepper and the spices you want. These ingredients will help enhance the flavor of the dish and intensify its aroma.
- When all the mixed ingredients are already in the pot, it is time to add water and the glass of olive oil again. Let it simmer for at least 1 hour. During this time, we must be aware at all times and gradually add small amounts of water, since if we get confused it is possible that the ingredients stick to the bottom of the casserole.
- Once the beans have softened, we can proceed to remove the pot from the heat.
- Finally, we serve our hot hot sauce.
Difficulty level: simple.
In what follows we give you some tricks so that the result is as satisfactory as possible:
- The fasolada can be accompanied by some snacks such as feta cheese, crusty bread or croutons, olives or a glass of white wine.
- If you have not soaked the beans for the necessary 24 hours, a trick to soften them faster at the time of cooking is to add a teaspoon of sugar to the water.
- The cooking times detailed in the previous section are always approximate. The most important thing is that the beans soften, so we advise you to check this before removing them from the fire.
- Although the original recipe does not include meats or sausages, you can always add pieces of meat if you prefer. This popular variant will also enhance the flavor of your dish.
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