Ballad for two

Ballad for two

Baião de dois

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Serves
6
Photographer
Stuart Scott

Baião is a much-loved traditional North-Eastern rhythm that combines Indigenous, African and European influences under the rule of the zabumba drum. The name baião de dois roughly translates to ballad for two, which is an allusion to how well the main ingredients, rice and beans, go together.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
300g dried black-eyed peas, soaked in cold water overnight
2 1/2 teaspoons annatto seeds, (see glossary)
60ml olive oil
200g speck, chopped
200g chorizo, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1.125 litres chicken stock or water
400g long-grain rice

Method

  1. Drain the peas well and set aside.
  2. Place the annatto seeds in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, and grind to a fine powder.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Cook the speck, chorizo, onion and garlic, stirring often, for 8 minutes, or until the onion is lightly golden.
  4. Add the ground annatto seeds, peas and stock, and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan with a tight-fitting lid, then cook over a medium–low heat for 30 minutes. Add the rice and cook, covered, for about 17 minutes, or until the peas and rice are tender, and all of the liquid has been absorbed. Serve hot.
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