Beans with Dog-whelk

Serves 4

  • 600 grs of the edible part of dog-whelk ;
  • 500 grs of red kidney beans ;
  • 500 grs of fresh tomatoes ;
  • 1 green pepper ;
  • 1 bunch of parsley ;
  • 1 bay leaf ;
  • 2 cloves of garlic ;
  • 100 grs of onions ;
  • 1 dl of olive oil ;
  • salt to taste ;
  • pepper to taste ;
  • piri-piri (1) to taste

(1) A sauce made from olive oil and chili


Place the beans in a pan and soak them in cold water for 12 hours before using them.
Then wash them and cook them in cold water in a deep pan.
Break the raw whelk and take out the edible part.
Then cook the edible part in salted water for about 45 to 60 minutes.
When they are cooked, place them in a vessel and let them cool off. Cut them into pieces.
In another pan, fry the minced garlic and onions in olive oil. Add the bay leaf and the bunch of parsley and let everything brown.
Then add the green pepper, after deseeding and washing it and dicing it finely.
Take the stem off the tomatoes and scald the latter in boiling water to make it easier to remove the skin and the seeds. Chop up the tomato and add it to the pan in which you fried the garlic and onions in olive oil. Let the mixture thicken.
Add the pieces of whelk and season with salt, pepper and piri-piri. Add the beans and part of the liquid in which they were cooked and let the mixture boil until it has thickened.

Hint: The use of medium-sized whelk is advisable. It is also possible to cook the whelk before cutting them.

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