Five Bean Soup

Course : Beans
Serves: 6
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1/2 cup navy beans -- dried
1/2 cup lima beans -- white dried
1/2 cup chick peas -- dried (garbanzo
1/2 cup red beans -- dried (kidney be
1/2 cup black beans -- dried
3 1/2 cups water -- or beef stock
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium Onion -- chopped
2 tablespoons dry sherry
3 cloves garlic -- minced
1 medium green bell pepper cored -- sliced
1 medium carrot -- diced
1 medium celery -- diced
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin -- ground
1 teaspoon coriander seeds -- coarsely g
1 teaspoon orange peel -- grated
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes -- dried (o
2 Cup rice -- freshly cooked
1 Cup sour cream -- or yogurt
1 tablespoons cilantro chopped

Preparation / Directions:

Rinse and sort beans. Place beans in large pot; add enough cold water to cover by 3 inches. Let stand overnight. Drain beans and return to pot. Add 3-1/2 cups water. Bring to boil. Adjust heat so liquid barely simmers. Cover and cook until beans are tender, stirring occasionally, about 1-1/2 hours. Season to taste with salt. Heat oil in heavy skillet over low heat. Add onion, Sherry and garlic. Cover and cook until onion is soft, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add bell pepper, carrot, celery, cumin and coriander. Cover and continue cooking until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Add vegetable mixture to beans. Stir in orange peel, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes if desired. Place rice in bowls. Spoon soup over. Top each with dollop of sour cream or yogurt. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve.

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