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Balela

topic posted Sat, February 11, 2012 - 5:48 PM by  Pamela
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Does anyone have a good recipe for this? I just tried the Trader Joe's version and loved it. But you know, spicy bean salad would be cheap cheap to make . ...
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Pamela
SF Bay Area
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  • Re: Balela

    Sat, February 11, 2012 - 8:08 PM
    Pamela , Sat 6 pm hst •
    No , unfortunately , i don't
    Balela is a middle eastern salad . We have had cousocus b 4 in Mauritania and Morocco and i grow figs here in Hawai'i
    Couscous is a Berber/Arab pasta dish of semolina traditionally served with a meat or vegetable stew spooned over it.
    Couscous is a staple food throughout ...
    Balela is a Healthy Food for Lazy People ?
    Just asking :)
    /s, Steve
    www.banquet.com
    • Re: Balela

      Sun, February 12, 2012 - 6:50 PM
      Balela is very healthy and if you buy it already made perfect for lazy people ;-).

      Fortunately, i found recipes for it elsewhere and it stays easy if you use canned beans (need to rinse them well to get the salt off).

      I like couscous and its a a super easy food...especially good as you said, to spoon stew over....

      Thanks for the response.
      • Re: Balela

        Mon, February 13, 2012 - 12:24 AM
        I make an almost identical salad with canned fava beans...it rocks. Tomato, onion, garlic, mint, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Tabouleh with beans instead of couscous, basically. Yummy stuff.
  • Re: Balela

    Mon, February 13, 2012 - 3:48 AM
    Dressing
    4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    1 tablespoon apple cider or balsamic vinegar
    1 teaspoon za'atar
    1 teaspoon sumac
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
    a pinch of freshly ground red pepper flakes or to taste

    Place together in a jar, cover well with lid and shake until well blended.

    1 15-oz can garbanzo beans
    1 15-oz can black beans
    1 cup chopped green onion
    1 clove finely minced garlic
    1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
    3/4 cup cut/diced sun dried tomatoes or 1 cup fresh diced roma tomatoes

    Drain and rinse well the beans in a strainer. Pour them into a large mixing bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients and dressing. Let stand about a half hour before serving. i like to serve the dish along with sliced cucumbers & cilantro in goat yogurt. Yum!

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