Ever thought of getting a Chipotle wrap and thinking of how the beans would mess with your system? Ever think of filling your plate with rajmas (a popular red kidney beans Indian curry) at a party and hesitating just before the second helping?
Most people think that beans cause a lot of gas in the digestive tract leading to discomfort and well, excessive passing of gas!
I am a big fan of Garbanzo beans and red kidney beans. Often, I have seen myself shying from making rajmas or cholas (Garbanzo beans curry) as I do not want to experience any discomfort or embarrassing moments!
I talked to my mom about this and lo and behold!! she had a solution for me. I have experimented with the solution on three different types of beans and it worked.
She said,” Any food that contains carbohydrates causes gas. In order to reduce flatulence, you have to take away the carbs from your beans.”
Made sense. It sounded like a lot of work but once I saw results, I thought,”why not try it?”
Precursors to how I cook beans
- I usually prepare Indian curries and also use boiled beans over salads.
- I do not use canned beans.
- I like to soak beans overnight or at least 6-8 hours before cooking.
My mom’s solution for preparing the beans
Follow these simple steps to remove carbs from beans.
- Soak beans overnight or for at least 6-8 hours.
- Wash the beans in cold water 2-3 times.
- Boil the beans and turn off the heat as soon as you see froth bubbling up in the container.
- Throw the froth away.
- Now rinse the beans with cold water again.
- Cook the beans according to your recipe. voila!
Boiling the beans and throwing the froth is the key step in this process. The process may look very cumbersome but it really is not much of a deal and takes only 5-10 minutes extra-time that you can use prepping for other dishes or just checking emails.
Enjoy the goodness of beans and say bye bye to belching, flatulence, bloating,and, discomfort!
Tags: beans and gas