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Georgian Kidney-Bean Stew


bean stew beauty

Georgian Kidney-Bean Stew

This tangy, delicious stew does not come from the American state of Georgia, where they grow peaches and Atlanta is the capital. It comes from the Eastern European country of Georgia, where they call this dish Lobio Nigvzit. Serve it with couscous or brown rice. 
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Soup pot or Dutch oven, with lid
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Can opener
  • Strainer or sieve
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Wooden spoon


  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, scrubbed and finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 cup walnuts, finely chopped*
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (if you like it spicy)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans (about 4 cups), drained and rinsed
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped cilantro and/ or parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or whatever kind of vinegar you have)
  • 3 cups water


  • Put the pot on the stove and set the heat to medium. Add the oil, onion, carrot, and salt, and sauté until the onion looks clear, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the walnuts, garlic, cayenne, and coriander, and cook, stirring, until you can really smell the garlic, about 1 minute.
  • Add the beans, herbs, vinegar, and water, and turn the heat up to high. When the stew comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer the stew partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the stew is thickened, 30-45 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and taste the stew. Does it need more vinegar or a pinch of salt to boost the flavor? If so, add it and taste again.
  • Serve right away or transfer to a container and refrigerate up to 2 days. 
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