Delicious & Easy
Jesse Paul's Tepary Bean Rajma & Braised Pork Cheeks with Raita & Pickled Red Onions
Make the Beans
In a thick-bottomed pot, add olive oil and slowly toast the garlic until golden brown. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add cumin seeds and garam masala and toast until very fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook until they begin to break down and the juices have reduced. Add the soaked beans and stir to coat.
Cover with water and slowly simmer until the beans are tender, about 3 hours. Once beans are tender add salt to taste.
Make the Pork Cheeks
Heat a large pot over high heat.
Season the pork cheeks with salt.
Add oil to the pot and sear the cheeks until golden brown on both sides. Remove pork cheeks and set aside; drain the oil from the pot and return to heat.
Add onions, garlic, and carrots to the pot and cook until fragrant. Add turmeric and curry leaves to the pot. Add the pork cheeks back to the pot in a single layer and cover with goat’s milk.
Bring to a simmer, then cover and braise in a 300° oven until cheeks are tender, about 2 to 3 hours.
Let the pork cheeks cool in the liquid and refrigerate overnight.
Remove the cheeks from the pot. Remove and discard the curry leaf.
Heat the liquid to a simmer and strain the liquid out through a fine-mesh sieve, making sure to keep all the solids and curds.
In a blender, puree all the solids together; adjust seasoning with salt.
Make the Raita
Using a cheese grater, grate the cucumber, ginger, garlic, and onion into a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
Squeeze all the liquid from the mixture. Add yogurt, lemon juice, and chopped cilantro; stir to combine. (Refrigerate overnight for best results.)
Make the Pickled Onions
Cut the onions in very thin half-moon slices. Place into a nonreactive container (stainless steel, enamelware, or glass).
In a sauce pot, add vinegar, water, sugar, and the mustard, coriander, and cardamom seeds. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the liquid over the onions and make sure they are completely submerged. Let sit at room temperature until cool. (Refrigerate overnight for best results.)
Bring it all Together
Warm the pork cheeks in the braising liquid puree.
Warm up the beans in their liquid.
Place the beans in a warm bowl, top with pork cheeks, and glaze the top with hot sauce. Garnish with a dollop of the raita and a good pinch of pickled onions and cilantro sprigs.