Greek Pinto Beans (Handres) In The Oven

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Handres (Pinto Beans or alternatively Cranberry Beans) are very popular in Greece. This is a way of preparing them in a covered clay oven dish, called a dava, in the oven. You should use fresh beans, which you remove from their pods. The clay dish needs to have a well-fitting cover, allowing no air gaps. A tasty and nutritious dish, also suitable for vegetarians and vegans - and very simple to prepare!


1 kg fresh pinto beans
2 carrots diced
2 onions grated
1 potato diced
1 sweet red pepper diced
1 red chilli pepper diced
400 ml tomato freshly grated
2 tbsp celery leaves chopped
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper
120 ml olive oil
1½ litres water
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Salt to taste


Put all the ingredients into a clay oven dish.

Cover the dish well and put in a pre heated oven at 150 degrees Celsius for approx. 2 hours, until there is just a little liquid left.

If you've tried this recipe please rate it!

Eat and Enjoy!


Beyond to Better Things said...

Thanks so much for your share. We moved to Florida from Ohio in 2005 and I discovered these beans not much later and have prepared them several times but I've been trying since to identify them. Are they pintos or cranberry beans? Thanks to you I now know they are both! No wonder I was confused! Thanks again and again! said...

It looks really yummy i really like any kind of soup but once i tried hot and sour soup recipe found on internet was just mouthwatering. Thank you so much for sharing such a nice post.

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