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Caribbean Rice with Red Beans and Chiles

Source: Vegan Planet
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  4 servings
As in many other areas of the world, rice and beans are a popular combination in the Caribbean islands, where cooks often jazz things up with hot chiles and fragrant spices.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small red onion, minced
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 to 2 small, fresh hot chiles, to your taste, seeded and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon peeled and minced fresh ginger
1 cup basmati rice
1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar, palm sugar, or natural sweetener
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups hot water
1 1/2 cups cooked or one 15-ounce can dark red kidney or other red beans, drained and rinsed
DIRECTIONS
Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, chiles, garlic, and ginger. Cover and cook, stirring, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the rice to coat with the oil. Add the brown sugar, salt, allspice, thyme, and nutmeg, stirring to combine. Stir in the water, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes.


Stir in the beans and cook until hot, about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings, then serve hot.


Excerpted from Vegan Planet, by Robin Robertson. Copyright 2003, used by permission from The Harvard Common Press http://www.harvardcommonpress.com.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Harvard Common Press. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 03/16/2009
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