Jul 022014
 

Sopa de Frijol also known as Kidney Bean Soup is a creamy, delicious soup from the land of corn and beans – Mexico. In Mexico we found wide varieties of beans, from regular red kidney beans to black beans, soya beans, green beans, haba beans, alubia beans and many many more. Since we were surrounded by beans we came across plenty of dishes made from them.

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Sopa de frijol was one of them which was not just rich and creamy but whole meal in it self. They were served with fried/baked tortilla strips. This soup is rich in proteins and kids just love it. Traditionally this soup is made with black beans known as frijoles negros which is widely available in Latin american markets. But I gave it a try with red kidney beans which are available in India. So if you can easily lay your hands on black ones please feel free to use them.Rest of the recipe remains same.

Directions:

1. Wash and soak red kidney beans or rajma  in water overnight or for at least 6 to 7 hours.

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2. Add beans, oregano, salt, cumin powder, garlic cloves, onion and 5 cups of water. Boil them in a pressure pan for 30 to 40 minutes till they become soft and gooey. If you are boiling in a pot, bring them to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low, cook covered and stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 2 hours. 

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3. Once cooked transfer them in a blender and make a smooth puree. Season it with salt and pepper. Set aside.  


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4. In a skillet add little oil add chopped onions and saute them till they become translucent and lose their crispness. Now add chopped garlic and continue to cook for a couple of minutes. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook them till they become soft and tender. 


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5. Let it cool and then transfer it in a blender to combine  into a smooth puree. 

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6. In a large saucepan combine the pureed beans and pureed tomatoes and add 1 cup water or vegetable stock. Cook on a medium flame till it starts to thicken.

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7. Add fresh cream and season with Salt and Pepper.


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8. Garnish it with Baked tortilla chips. For tortilla strips,  brush one face of tortilla with little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. and cut them into strips.


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9.  Place them in a baking tray or bowl. They need not be flattened. Bake them in a preheated oven on 180 degree Celsius  for 5-7 minutes or until they become crisp and acquire a slight golden colour.


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10. To serve, divide soup among serving bowls, and sprinkle with crumbled cottage cheese or paneer and tortilla strips. 

Other Soup Recipes you can try are: Classic Russian BorschCream of Broccoli Soup with ChivesPeas and Mushroom Spicy Soup Classic French Potato Leek SoupTomato SoupZucchini Garlic Soup with Yak Cheese ShreddingsChicken Soup with Rice.

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Sopa De Frijol | Mexican Red Kidney Beans Soup With Baked Tortilla Chips
Serves 8
Sopa de Frijol is a delicious creamy red kidney beans from Mexico. Its flavourful and kids love it.
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Prep Time
6 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
6 hr 30 min
Prep Time
6 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
6 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup cooking vegetable oil
  2. 225 gmor 1 cup black or red kidney beans, soaked overnight
  3. ½ tsp dried oregano
  4. ½ tsp ground cumin
  5. 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  6. 2 medium onions, each cut in half
  7. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  8. 2 tomatoes, cored and chopped
  9. 4 cups water with or without vegetable stock cube
  10. ¼ cup fresh cream or crema
  11. 1/2 cup queso fresco or crumbled cottage cheese or paneer
  12. Fried tortilla strips, to garnish, 2 tortillas
For Soup
  1. Wash and soak red kidney beans or rajma in water overnight or for at least 6 to 7 hours.
  2. Add beans, oregano, salt, cumin powder, 2 garlic cloves, onion and 5 cups of water. Boil them in a pressure pan for 30 to 40 minutes till they become soft and gooey. If you are boiling in a pot, bring them to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium-low, cook covered and stirring occasionally, until beans are tender, about 2 hours.
  3. Once cooked transfer them in a blender and make a smooth puree. Season it with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a skillet add little oil add chopped onions saute them till they become translucent and lose their crispness. Now add chopped garlic (2 cloves) and continue to cook for a couple of minutes. Now add chopped tomatoes and cook them till they become soft and tender.
  5. Let it cool and then transfer it in a blender to combine into a smooth puree.
  6. In a large saucepan combine the pureed beans and pureed tomatoes and add 1 cup water or vegetable stock. Cook on a medium flame till it starts to thicken.
  7. Add fresh cream and season with Salt and Pepper.
  8. Garnish it with Baked tortilla chips.
For tortilla strips
  1. Brush one face of tortilla with little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. and cut them into strips.
  2. Garnish it with Baked tortilla chips.
  3. For tortilla strips, brush one face of tortilla with little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. and cut them into strips.
  4. Place them in a baking tray or bowl. They need not be flattened. Bake them in a preheated oven on 180 degree Celsius for 5-7 minutes or until they become crisp and acquire a slight golden colour.
  5. To serve, divide soup among serving bowls, and sprinkle with crumbled cottage cheese or paneer and tortilla strips.
Notes
  1. If you feel the soup puree is not as smooth as it should be, you can always strain it using a thin mesh colander.
Adapted from Saveur
Adapted from Saveur
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Comments

  1. Deepak Sharma says:

    A very refreshing and surprisingly new recipe 🙂

  2. I know..it sounds so funny! When we were in Mexico they served Rajma unlike the way we Indians eat. But many recipes were incredible!

  3. Upma Gautam says:

    I made it for my closest friend….her reaction was that from where I ordered….really came out well…and it was yummmmyyyyyy…..thxxxx for the recipe…..

  4. That made my day! Thank you Mam. I am glad You and your friend liked it 🙂 Keep pouring your love.