2 cups Northern Beans – pick through & remove rocks and rotten beans
Soak overnight in clean water.
Next day: drain and rinse beans.
Put in pressure cooker* with 5 ½ cups clean water, 1 Tb coarse sea salt, and 2 cloves crushed garlic.
Put on high fire until cooker starts hissing/spitting consistently.
Remove to back burner, midway between low & medium, so that it hisses about 3-4 times a minute.
Cook 60-75 minutes. Turn fire off and let cool. The pressure cooker should cool down enough that its locking mechanism releases on its own.
Sauté 2 slices onion, chopped, in ghee until very soft. Add beans (mostly drained) and:
2 cloves minced garlic
1/8 tsp ground cayenne pepper
¼ tsp ground black pepper
4 tsp ground cumin
1 3/4 tsp coarse sea salt
2 tsp chili powder
Mash beans and mix well. May add cheese if desired.
HIGH ALTITUDE: cook beans 75-90 minutes in pressure cooker.
*If you do not have a pressure cooker, cook beans, water, salt, and garlic on low for 2 or more hours until tender.