Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

With Coconut Milk and Capsicum

Featured Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3878

The news, in the last two days, has mainly focused on Moore Oklahoma, the centre of a massive tornado tornado that killed at least 24 people, including nine children, at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The storm also damaged an estimated 2,400 homes in Moore and nearby Oklahoma City.

An estimated 10,000 people were directly affected. To our neighbours in the US, we are deeply sorry about this unfortunate incident and to those  parents, brothers and sisters who were affected by this unfortunate tragedy, especially parents who lost young ones,  our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Of late I have been eating a lot of chickpeas, also commonly known as garbanzo bean (Spanish), Ceci bean (Italian), Sanagalu (Telegu), chana (Hindi, Urdu), hummus (Arabic) or Bengal gram. Most of the chickpeas that we buy, especially the canned ones, are bigger, cream-colored, relatively round and are called “Kabuli-type” They have a nutty, mild flavour and remain crunchy even after they’re cooked, and are ground into Cici flour or chickpea flour.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3876The other type, the “Desi-type”, is smaller, light to dark brown, with a thick seed coat,  and is usually split in half to make ‘Chana Dahl’ (split desi-chickpea or yellow gram) and also ground into Besan flour. Chickpeas are a rich source of protein and carbohydrates and are also rich in iron, copper, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and fibre. They’re also known to improve blood sugar levels.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3879Today I want to share with you a recipe for rice with beans: red kidney beans and garbanzo beans, with  sun-dried tomatoes and capsicum and cooked with coconut milk. I really enjoy eating this rice, especially at times when I take a break from eating meat. I hope you will like it too.

  • Ingredients
  • 400g (2 cups, 14oz) basmati rice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or 45g butter (you can reduce amount if you wish)
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup red kidney beans
  • 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • ½-1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ½-1 cup red bell pepper (capsicum), finely chopped
  • 60ml (4 tablespoons) Hunts original pasta sauce or crushed tomato or tomato puree/sauce
  • 500ml (2 cups, 17fl oz) vegetable broth (stock)
  • 250ml (1 cup, 8.5fl oz) coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 stalks green onions finely sliced

Rice with Beans and Sundried Tomatoes_3784Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start cooking.

Spicy Sausage Pilau_0164Soak rice for 30 minutes

Spicy Sausage Pilau_0172Drain thoroughly

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3787Melt butter or add olive oil to a large pan over medium heat.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3790Add onions

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3792Fry onions until lightly browned.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3795Add the rice, increase heat, stir and fry, for four minutes until almost dry.

Rice and Beans with Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3799Add curry powder and paprika and fry for about one minute

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3802 until the spices are thoroughly mixed.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3805Add  red beans, chick peas, sun-dried tomatoes and  bell pepper (capsicum)

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3807Stir and fry for two minutes until piping hot and then add pasta sauce or crushed tomato

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3810Stir until the pasta or crushed tomato  (if using) until it’s thoroughly mixed in.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3814Add broth and coconut milk, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3816Bring to the boil, stir once more, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Do not lift the lid, just make sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom. After 12 minutes, remove from heat, let to stand another 12 minutes without lifting lid.

Rice with Beans and Sundried Tomatoes_3821After the 24 minutes, lift the lid, add  green onions, fluff the rice and serve

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3958I always enjoy eating this rice. It helps me take a break from meat.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes_3954I hope you enjoy it too.

Rice with Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Preparation time: 15 minutes; Cooking time: 40 minutes: + 30 minutes soaking time. Serves: 6-8 depending on portions.

Ingredients

  • 400g (2 cups, 14oz) basmati rice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or 45g butter (you can reduce amount if you wish)
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup red kidney beans
  • 1 cup chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • ½-1 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • ½-1 cup red bell pepper (capsicum), finely chopped
  • 60ml (4 tablespoons) Hunts original pasta sauce or crushed tomato or tomato puree/sauce
  • 500ml (2 cups, 17fl oz) vegetable broth (stock)
  • 250ml (1 cup, 8.5fl oz) coconut milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 stalks green onions finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Soak rice for 30 minutes in cold water. Drain thoroughly.
  2. Melt butter or add olive oil to a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook stirring until onions are lightly browned.
  3. Add rice, increase heat, stir and fry for four minutes, until almost dry, then add curry powder and paprika. Stir and fry for about one minute until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Add red beans, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes and red pepper. Stir and fry for two minutes, until piping hot and thoroughly mixed, then add pasta sauce (or crushed tomato) and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Add broth and coconut milk, season with salt and pepper, stir and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer 12 minutes without lifting the lid (just make sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom).
  6. Remove from heat and leave to stand, undisturbed for 12 more minutes. Lift lid, add green onions, fluff the rice and serve.

 Points to Note

  1. The water will drastically reduce in the first six minutes. Just lower the heat and make sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom- Do not lift the lid.
  2. If you prefer less oil, reduce it.
  3. Long Grain Rice: will require 600ml (2 ⅓ cup, 20 fl oz) broth and 1 cup coconut (250ml, 8.5 fl oz) of Coconut Milk and slightly longer time (15-18 minutes simmering and 15 minutes setting aside).

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

54 thoughts

  1. Hi again Liz! I finally made this dish and it was sublime! SO so full of flavour – gorgeous. I have mentioned it on my blog and tracked it back to yours. I hope that was okay. Thanks for all your likes and comments on my blog; you are very kind! Have a great Sunday!

    1. I have just been browsing your blog and your current picnic post reminded me of Enid Blyton. I read all the Famous Five Books. I really loved reading them. Thanks so much for trying out the recipe. It makes the blog have proper meaning. Have a wonderful evening and enjoy the new week!!!

    1. Thank you so much for making this blog have meaning. A blog only serves it’s purpose when people use the recipes to cook. This rice is one of my favourite recipes. last time I made it I added more sun-dried tomatoes. They really give it a special taste. Enjoy the coming week!

    1. Dear ummfathima.
      It’s very yummy. Rice is one of my most favourite foods. Thanks for being here more than once. Your presence here is highly appreciated!!! Have a pleasant day…and a wonderful week!!

    1. Please try it. You will not regret it and make sure you add lots of sun-dried tomatoes they do give the dish an extra kick. The rice would not be the same without them! Thank you for stopping here and hope to see you more often. Thanks for joining the conversation. Best wishes and hope you have a wonderful week!!!

        1. Thank you. I love yours too, I have just bookmarked the oil free banana muffins! they look really nice. I have just been browsing your blog a few minutes ago! Best wishes!

    1. Go ahead and make the rice, it’s very delicious. I really like it. I made yesterday for some guests and they love it too. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the week!

  2. The dish sounds gorgeous! Loved your commentary and the inventive use of ingredients. I would definitely like to make this one. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for taking time to read my post. i really appreciate that you read it. That rice is very nice, It’s one of my favourites. Thanks for liking many of my posts and for having a conversation with me. Have a good day and a lovely weekend!

    1. Hi Mama D1xx4xy,
      Nice to see you again. Just been to your blog to see what the boys are up to. I love rice, and coconut milk. One of my favourites. Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Xoxo to the lovely boys.

    1. Thank you so much for checking my blog right now and for your promise to keep on checking my blog from now on. I will be on the lookout for you. The rice was really very nice, I enjoyed eating it, for dinner and for lunch the next day, it tasted even better then. Have a wonderful day, and a fantastic weekend. hope to see more of your in future and it is a pleasure meeting you.

    1. Hi Julie,
      Sorry I have been a bit slow this week so I haven’t really browsed your website properly. Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoyed eating this rice, gave me a good break from being a carnivore. If ever you make it, please give me a feedback. Have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend. Best Regards, Liz

  3. You had my attention with the coconut milk and chickpeas! It looks intriguing and if you don’t mind, I’m adding it to my iPads recipe collection for a “have to try” when next I want to impress dinner guests! I’m also trying to go the vegetarian route and balance my protein intake with the carbs, fats, fruits etc. I’m really loving your blog Liz!

    1. Hi it’s so nice to see you..I saw you posted a lot in the last two days, I’m on my way to your blog to read the posts. Be my guest and add the recipe to your Ipad recipe collection. My intention is to entice you to cook, so when a recipe becomes part of the collection, then that’s a very good sign. I eat vegetarian at least twice a week, and usually it’s rice. I eat lots of fruits every morning. Thank you so much for being part of this blog. I’m always so excited to see you. Enjoy your Friday and the weekend. Liz

    1. Ha ha that is well said, I liked it very much..it tasted really good. You should try it and give a feedback. Thanks for stopping by. Wish you a happy Friday, and hope to see more of you!!!

    1. Hi it’s nice to see you after such a long spell, I have been keeping up with the Bentos and they have been great and innovative as usual. Have a pleasant day and thanks for stopping by.

    1. Hi I have been following your dinners closely sometimes I wish we could swop places, at dinner time. Thanks for stopping by and have a pleasant day!!!

      1. How kind. I know what you mean though. I’ve been thinking of trying to add a meal in from other bloggers from time to time. This rice dish is definitely up there.

        Have a lovely day yourself, it’s always nice when you stop by.

    1. I am LOL, ha ha, there is NO BACON today, I’m trying to turn into a vegetarian…where have you been? and how I’ve missed you, but I knew you’d show up coz you always do…I don’t panic anymore. I HAVE MISSED YOU…what are you up to? Please send me some BACON ave kinda run out of stock….sigh. Nice to know you are still alive and well. Thanks for making me LAUGH!!!!!

    1. Hi Manty,
      Nice to see you stopping here, I saw the post on your Dad, part two, I shall be stopping there shortly to read it. It was too late last night and I was so sleepy. Have a pleasant and peaceful day!

    1. And tastes amazing too, I love simple and straightforward recipes. Thanks for stopping by and have a pleasant day. Hope to see more of you!

    1. Go ahead and pin it. That’s what Pinterest is all about, Pin it so that more people can access it. I’m glad you like it. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Looks absolutely inviting…. 🙂 I love rice in any form, so the gorgeous pic immediately caught my eye. I’ll try this soon. I am going to try this soon.

    BTW, in India, we refer to Chick Peas as Kabuli Chana and Bengal Gram as Chana or Senagalu.

    1. Thanks, this must really absolutely inviting, I can hear it in your voice. I love rice, I eat it three to four times a week and I always add different things to it. I’m glad you like it. Thanks also for the Indian names for garbanzo beans (Chick Peas), And also I was a bit confused with the names because I thought Bengal Gram refers to chick peas. What is Bengal Gram? please clarify for me, I need to unravel the names!

  5. Yummy! Can this be eaten for breakfast? Not sure I want to wait until tomorrow night to try it out! Haven’t tried coconut milk for cooking, but will put it on my shopping list.

    1. Hi Dorrie Anne
      I have a friend from Madagascar and she taught me to eat rice for breakfast. They eat lots of rice in the morning. I cook with coconut milk all the time. I really like it. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes

        1. The almost clear is also known as coconut water and is usually drank from young coconuts that have not matured (to form the white flesh). I use the milky coconut milk for cooking. It’s extracted from the white coconut flesh and there is a thicker version known as coconut cream. It’s usually canned in 14oz (400ml) cans and is mainly from Thailand, at least the ones we have here in Canada. Hope that helps! Thanks!

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