LOLobio (Georgian Herbed Beans)

Sorry for the long-time-no-post, my friends! I’ve been rather busy lately with a wide variety of activities such as trying to understand Russian fashion, watching penguincam, hanging out with Russian children because they’re the only ones who understand my speech, getting gum stuck in my hair, and not doing my laundry. #YOLO!

Last week, however, I had the opportunity to visit my babushka’s dacha (dah-cha: Russian word for small summer homes or shacks in the far, rural outskirts of cities). My bab and I giggled and braided each others hair while her daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter made us food and fetched water from the well. Still a thing. #whoknew?

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One of the dishes my babushka’s daughter, Nina, made us was this BOMB Georgian (think Soviet Union, not peaches) dish called Lobio. It’s basically kidney beans with minced herbs and is the food equivalent of Beyoncé in that it makes me want to dance and I love it. Here’s the recipe!

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Lobio (Georgian Herbed Bean Dish)

  • 1 cup dried kidney beans, soaked & boiled (OR 2-3 cups canned)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or to taste)
  • 1/2 small onion, very finely chopped (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small tomato, very finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

1. Soak the kidney beans overnight. Pour into a large pot and cover with water by 2 inches. Place on a medium flame, add a bit of salt, bring to boil, then simmer on low until the beans are soft but not mushy-about 1 hour. If using canned, skip step 1!
2. Once the beans are ready, drain and set to cool. Once cooled, add the oil, vinegar, onion, garlic, tomato, fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
3. Serve! This dish is great because you can pretty much do whatever you want with it. Traditionally it is sometimes topped with chopped walnuts, includes fresh mint or even plums. Go wild! Live the dream!

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