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Quick fix recipe: How to make Red and Black Bean Rice

June 09, 2014 14:14 IST

Quick fix recipe: How to make Red and Black Bean Rice

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Rama Muralidharan

Reader Rama Muralidharan has sent us this recipe made from kidney beans and black beans. You can share yours too!

Ever wondered if you can actually have a filling, piping hot bowl of rice preparation in under 30 minutes?

Yes you can and best of all, you can make it using a single pot.

Red and black bean rice is a rich source of protein. It uses very little oil and is aptly spiced to give you a lovely, tasty feeling.

Here's the recipe for Red and Black Bean Rice:

Serves: Two

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup basmati rice, washed and soaked for 30 mins and drained well
  • 1/4 cup boiled kidney beans or rajma drained well
  • 1/4 cup boiled black beans drained well
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion finely sliced
  • 1 medium tomato sliced in strips
  • 2 tbsp ready made or homemade marinara sauce (recipe to follow)
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano and thyme mixture (you can use the small spice packets you get with pizza)
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander to garnish

Method

  • In a non-stick pan (with a fitted lid) heat oil.
  • Add the onions, tomato and fry for a minute.
  • Add the kidney beans, black beans and rice and saute for one minute.
  • Add the marinara sauce, dry herbs mixture and 1 and 1/2 cups of hot water.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil and then cover it with a tight lid.
  • Reduce the flame and cook it covered for ten minutes on minimum flame.
  • Switch off the stove after 10 minutes. Let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove the lid. Fluff the rice lightly with a fork.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with a salad and yogurt.

How to make marinara sauce

Ingredients

  • 6 tomatoes blanched, peeled and pureed (no water to be added)
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped or grated
  • 6 cloves or garlic finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 10-15 basil leaves
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • In a saucepan heat oil. Add the onion, garlic and sautæcopy; for a minute.
  • Add the tomato puree. Add the salt.
  • Bring this to a boil. Reduce flame and simmer for 10 minutes till the sauce thickens.
  • Remove from flame. Add the basil leaves( tear them to small pieces- do not chop). Mix it well
  • Let this mixture cool. Store it in a glass bottle in the refrigerator for upto 15 days.

Tip: You can use marinara sauce to make pastas and pulao, or as a spread on bread or roti wraps.

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Image: Red and Black Bean Rice
Photographs: Courtesy Rama Muralidharan