So I was waiting for food to happen recently, while I had an encounter with Mr Soybean. Not just any Soy, this Bean meant business. I was amazed to find these little glorious nuggets of joy waiting for me at the counter, and I decided to pounce on them.

 But the elusive Mr Soy, who has been till date not in my daily meals, suddenly gracefully leaped into my shopping cart. I came back home with a sunkissed girl by my side and I decided to make him good.

After an overnight soak in a bottle of filtered water, the man was ready to roll.

So I opened the lid of my humble pressure cooker, and put a lug of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to moisten the Ham that I had bought, and let it become crisp and dark and render all its fat.

After the Ham had done its duty I removed the crisp bit of goodness and added 2 large Onions, chopped, about 10 odd cloves of Garlic, and some Ginger, grated fine. while they were busy frying, I added my soybeans, about 250 gms of Chicken (on bone please) and 3 Tomatoes, cut in quarters, skin intact.

Adding sufficient water was a task, as I had no clue how much. But i figured, a cup for a cup would be good, so I put in about 500 ml of water.

Finally, I slapped on the pressure cooker lid and let the baby do what it did best!

After half an hour and god knows how many whistles….

Okay, I have a beautiful broth.

Now to the next part.

Again, a lug of Olive Oil. Thank You Rosella!!

Add some chili flakes. And some Tomato Puree. And mix it together.

And a huge pinch of Thyme (ADORE THE HERB) and the ham, crumbled now.

Then the cooked mixture, mashed just a bit with my potato masher.

Salt. Check. Pepper. Check.

Done! Its Incredible, actually.

Written by Poorna Banerjee

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  1. Rimi 2011-04-29 at 11:53 am Reply

    Poorna:
    a. I love you.
    b. I made the EXACT SAME thing, but with rajma, very often in forrain-land.

  2. sandman 2010-09-28 at 7:13 pm Reply

    Mane Epic!

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