Spicy rice with beans
Give a nod to West African jollof rice with our spicy rice with beans. With layers of peppery flavour, it’s packed with nutrients and provides all five of your five-a-day
- Serves: 2 persons
- 150g wholemeal basmati, rinsed
- 2tbsp rapeseed oil
- 1onion, chopped (about 175g)
- 1red pepper, deseeded and cut into large chunks
- 1⁄2-1 scotch bonnet pepper, deseeded
- 2large garlic cloves
- 10g ginger (peeled weight), chopped
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 2tsp curry powder
- 1tsp vegetable bouillon (check it’s vegan, if needed)
- ½tsp ground white pepper
- 2tsp thyme leaves
- 2bay leaves
- 400g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1avocado, peeled, stoned, halved and sliced
Step 1Tip the rice into a bowl, cover with water and set aside. Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and fry the onions for 8-10 mins until soft and golden, stirring occasionally to stop them catching.
Step 2Meanwhile, put the red pepper, scotch bonnet, garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a bowl, and blitz using a hand blender until completely smooth. Alternatively, use a food processor or blender.
Step 3Stir the curry powder into the onions, then add the pepper mixture, bouillon, white pepper, thyme and bay. Cover and simmer for 15 mins over a low heat.
Step 4Stir in 150ml water. Drain the rice, then mix it in as well. Cover the top of the pan with foil, followed by the lid, then cook over a low heat for 45 mins until almost tender. Add the beans and a few tablespoons of water if it’s looking a little dry, then continue to cook over a low heat, covered with the foil and lid again, for 15 mins more until the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and leave to rest for 10 mins before scooping out the bay leaves and serving. Top with avocado, or serve on the side.