Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Arroz Congri/Vegan Cuban Red Kidney Beans Rice

Arroz Congri/Congris is typically a Cuban black beans rice,though many different variations do exists and one among is this red beans and rice version. Congri is prepared mostly with meat especially pork, but i opted for vegetarian version actually a vegan one. However i followed this recipe, this red beans and rice is from eastern part of Cuba, though many people consider this dish as a signature dish of Oriente province. Traditionally this rice dish is cooked with fat from pork meat and ham is added to the rice to make this dish as a complete meal. However this vegan version tastes simply fabulous and quite nutritious to enjoy as a main course with some grilled vegetables or pan fried potatoes. Since this dish calls for long grain rice, you can also serve this red beans rice a salad.

Vegetarian Cuban Red Beans Rice, Arroz Congri

The original recipe used green bellpepper to add the colour to this Congri, which i replaced with red bell pepper chunks. With simple spices and easily available ingredients, you can dish out this Cuban red beans rice with less efforts. Oregano and cumin seeds gives a wonderful aroma to this vegan rice. Though this rice calls for red beans, you can prepare your own cooked red kidney beans or else go with the canned ones. As i dont like the canned ones, i opted for soaked and cooked kidney beans. We enjoyed thoroughly this rice with some pan fried potates, everyone at home loved it to the core. Hence am posting this nutritious meal for this week's blogging marathon as am running with 5 ingredients for 5 weeks and am showcasing a Dry bean/Legume every week. And this week's dry bean is Rajma/Kidney Beans/Red Kidney Beans.

Cuban Red beans & rice, Arroz Congri

2cups Cooked Red Kidney beans
1cup Long grain rice
1no Tomato (chopped)
1no Onion (chopped finely)
1 Red bell pepper (diced as small pieces)
3 Garlic cloves (minced)
1no Bay leaf
1/2tsp Dried Oregano
1/2tsp Cumin powder
Pepper powder
Olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the bay leaf  and fry until it turns brown.

Add chopped garlic,fry until it turns brown. Now add the chopped onions and saute until onion turns translucent.

Add the chopped bell pepper, chopped tomato, and saute until pepper is soft and tomato turns mushy.

Vegan Cuban Red Beans Rice, Arroz Congri, Congri

Add the red kidney beans, rice, oregano,salt, pepper powder, cumin powder,saute for a while. Now add in the water and bring to boil,put the flame to low.

Cover the pan and let it cook in simmer until the rice gets well cooked.

Remove the pan and fluff gently the rice with a fork.

Serve hot.

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  1. I would love to dig in this bowl, raajma being my favorite. Bookmarking the raajma series.

  2. Nutritious n filling bowl of rice

  3. Awesome filling rice recipe aks, I have tried this only in restaurant you have made it even better than the restaurant version I am sure this is going to be so tasty.

  4. My kind of rice loaded with flavor, deliciousness and healthy too :) Thanks for sharing !

  5. That is one nutritious and delicious rajma recipe :) perfect for the navratri season , Spicy sundals always welcome for me .. So tempting, yennaku pass panunga sudu suda ..

  6. Nutritious and filling one pot meal. Looks very colorful.

  7. This is nutritious and filling one pot meal besides looking very inviting.

  8. Absolutely love the simple flavours going on this bowl of rice! So healthy and tasty!!

  9. very nice. Love your nutritious legume based recipes.

  10. this is a colorful combo of proteins and carbs. A complete meal in itself :)

  11. My kind of one pot meal.Lovely dish

  12. That Cuban kidney bean rice looks amazing -- so colorful and delicious.

  13. Adding beans to rice is definitely a great idea! I am going to try this soon.

  14. This dish looks awesome...lovely way to have rajma chawal!

  15. I love how the rice looks ..lovely texture and a wonderful one pot meal!

  16. Simple delicious and yummy. Love it.

  17. Love the colorful rice and the combo is just amazing.

  18. love both the color and the flavors going into this one


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