Ingredients

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, with a dash of sesame oil
? yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 ? teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon brown sugar
5 cups of water
2 bay leaves
1 cup dried great northern beans
1 cup uncooked brown rice
zest of 1 orange
8 green onions, white and pale green part, finely chopped
Juice from 1 orange
? teaspoon freshly ground salt
? teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

1. Pour the oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat, add the onion, 1 teaspoon of the cumin seeds and the sugar and cook until the onion is translucent – about 5 minutes. Add the water and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Stir in the beans, making sure none are sticking to the bottom of the pan. Fasten the lid, wait until the cooker starts to hiss, reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes.

2. Remove from the heat, release the steam and remove the lid. Remove the bay leaves, add the rice and refasten the lid, return to the heat and bring to a boil. When the cooker starts to hiss, reduce the heat and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, release the steam and unfasten the lid. Stir in the orange zest and green onions. Season with the remaining cumin, the orange juice, salt and cayenne.
This dish can be served as an entrČe with steamed carrots or leafy green for a complete nutritious meal.
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