Red Bean Roulette Recipe
Holiday appetizer from Armenian cuisine: red bean roulette . Very delicious and healthy dish , if you decide to leave out the butter. Great source of protein for vegetarians or vegans . My mom and grandmother would make this roulette every single year for our New Year’s table. We’d always eat this with some fresh lavash bread and herbs, so good and so yummy.
Preparation isn’t difficult, only a bit time consuming. I would suggest to make this with dry red beans and not to use the canned ones.
Another suggestion is to use a grinder and not a blender, to mash the beans, you don’t want to end up with big chunks of beans skin. You do need to make a smooth mixture in order to have a great, looking red bean roulette on your Holiday table.
Those who don’t want to spend time on rolling and waiting for bean roulette to chill, can simply spread or arrange it on a platter or in a salad bowl and garnish with pomegranate seeds , herbs or walnuts. Refer to YouTube tutorial for more details.
1 ½ -2 cups dry red beans, cooked
1-2 cloves of garlic minced
⅔ cup walnuts
2-3 tbs fresh herbs: cilantro or dill, I used dried herbs
2-3 tbs olive oil, ⅓ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp ground coriander , ¼ tsp ground red chili or cayenne
¼ tsp ground curry , feel free to use your favorite spices
Salt to taste
100-150 grams soft butter, optional
You will need wax or parchment paper and baking spray
Cook the beans: wet in hot water 1-2 hours, discard the water, add cold water, place over the heat , let it to come to a boil ,
discard the water, add fresh water and cook on medium to low heat until cooked , remember to salt it to taste
Drain the cooked beans completely , you need them to be dry
Grind the beans, walnuts and herbs, use a grinder not a blender
Place the mixture in a large bowl and add all your spices, garlic and oil
Mix very well to make sure everything’s well incorporated
Place the wax paper on a flat surface, drizzle with cooking spray
Place the bean mixture on the greased paper
Use a spatula to spread it into desired thickness rectangular shape
Spread the butter on beans and roll the roulatte
Refer to YouTube tutorial for more details
Place it in the fridge overnight, or at least for 8 hours
Immerse a sharp knife into hot water and slice the roulatte
Arrange on a serving platter , garnish with pomegranate seeds, walnuts or herbs and enjoy