Moldovan & Vegan: Fasole făcăluită

The Romanians and Moldavians share a very similar cuisine so I was really happy to learn another recipe that belongs to that region. My teacher this time was a Moldovan girl named Katya. Yes again – a female cook!😉

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Katya lives in Tiraspol – the second largest city in Moldova. Tiraspol is the capital of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). And the people there obviously know how to cook delicious meals.

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Katya teached me a very popular Moldavian bean dish called Fasole făcăluită. You can eat it as spread, dip or on it’s own. It´s very warming and filling – perfect for the winter.

Fasole făcăluită

  • 1 cup white beans, soaked over night
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • olive oil
  • 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • salt & pepper

Cover beans with water. Bring to a boil. Change water. Bring to a boil again. Add carrots and bay leaf. Cook until beans are soft.

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In the meantime heat oil in a frying pan. Add onions. Add tomato paste. Stir frequently and cook until caramelized and a light golden color. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 more minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

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Drain beans and carrots. Add garlic. Mash the mixture. If too dry add some water. Add salt to taste.

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Serve mashed beans warm or cold with the onion tomato-mixture on top.

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Poftă bună!

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