Monday, July 19, 2010

Mexican Kidney Beans Rice

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I'm blogging today after a long break...it feels like I'm blogging for first time. Lots of recipes are in drafts, some with only pics, some with half text done..I'm not getting enough "me" time when I can sit and finish up those posts. Sorry for that. Life has become more hectic nowadays, my twins boys are becoming more active day by day and for me there is no peace for whole day. Even if I get some time, I prefer doing nothing that time and just sit with my eyes closed. Blogging doesn't come on my mind around that time. Same time I also miss blogging. That's why once in a while you'll see some posts on my blog, too.
So, in this kind of daily routine, I prefer some kind of one-pot quick-fix meal for my lunch. Same time, I mostly like some kind of rice recipes foe my lunch, as I'm an Indian after all. So, whenever I am in need to fix one-pot quick-fix meal, I love to prepare Mexican Rice, with kidney beans and lots of vegetables, which is filling and nutritious and very easy to make...
Mexican Rice is an authentic dish of Mexico, where rice is sauted in very little oil till brown, then cooked with a paste of onion,garlic and fresh tomato or tomato paste and simmered in vegetable or chicken stock. It is absolutely delicious and healthy one-pot meal. In basic Mexican rice, beans are not added, but I love to add them to make it more nutritious and filling. And it also adds some texture to the rice, too.


Ingredients : 
Long grain rice : 1 cup
Red Kidney beans : 2/3 cup (Soaked in water overnight and cooked/canned)
Mix vegetables(carrots, green pepper, corn) : 1 cup(cut into small pieces)
Onion : 1 (medium)
Garlic : 2-3 cloves
Fresh Tomato : 2(medium)
Tomato paste : 2 tblsp. (for more colour and flavour)
Vegetable/chicken Stock : 1 cup
Salt to taste
Chilli Powder : 2 tsp.(optional)
Oil : 2 tblsp.


Method : 
  • Soak kidney beans overnight if possible, otherwise soak for 3-4 hours in hot water. Then cook until done. Keep them aside.
  • Wash and soak the rice in little water for 15 minutes. Then drain it. 
  • In a blender, take chopped onions, garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable/chicken stock and blend well.
  • Heat oil in a non-stick pan. When oil is really hot, add the rice and salt. Stir until rice changes its colour. Add chopped vegetables and cooked kidney beans. Stir for few minutes.
  • Now add blended mixture into the rice. Mix well with rice. Add little more water if needed. The water level should be at least double the level of rice. Add salt to taste and chilli powder and simmer once water starts boiling.
  • Stir in between very lightly from all sides but do not stir too much. Do not let it burn at the bottom. Wait till rice absorbs all the liquid. Check the seasoning and stir fry the rice very gently till all the water disappears and gives a dry fluffy rice dish.
  • Serve hot. Enjoy with a simple salad dish with Mexican dressing. 
I love to have my mexican rice with this Red cabbage, kidney beans and tomato salad. Enjoy............



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16 comments:

  1. Delicious..love the rice and the salad too...so colourful

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  2. Thanks, Priti for your quick feedback

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  3. hi indrani,
    i too love maxican rice but never get a chance to prepare ...ur's rice looks awesome n delicious ...salad too looks soooooo yummy n tempting ..i will try these two soon
    i am new to ur blog ...u got a beautiful space here with lot of yummy recipes ..i liked ur mango oats smoothie too love to try that also
    if u get time do visit my blog

    Satya
    http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

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  4. I love mexican rice but never prepared it, so saved this one to use to make one in future :)

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  5. Welcome back! Joto ta 'me' time pao enjoy koro ... blogging toh hote thakbe. Amar o erokom hoye kokhono kokhono ... blogging block. :-)
    Ami ekhon bhalo achi ... thanks. :-)

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  6. Dear Indrani
    You coolly change the blog name and I was wondering why there was no post at Appayan for last 3 months..was planning to send a mail to you.
    I just chanced upon your blog following your comment at a friend..and was thinking if it was you . But when I saw the signature and e mail address, I knew , it was you!!!
    This site looks great and the recipe too.
    Let me check what all you have cooked recently.
    I am not into blog much as I have to travel a lot. :-(
    Bhalo theko
    ushnishda

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  7. Thanks, Sharmila...nice to see u @ my place

    @ushnishda, so u found me..thanks for dropping by and for your nice words..U always cheer me..sorry for not telling you about my new blog..visit me more

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  8. I have so many recipes but not this one. love to cook but dont get time to search in books. i will try mexican rice as per ur recipe. m sure that kids will also like it.

    Work From Home India

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  9. Looks very tasty. Welcome back

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  10. Such a beautiful, nutritious and delicious one pot meal...missed ur blog, now am following u..

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  11. Yum! This sounds amazing...I love all of the flavors & colors in this dish. I'm so glad you shared it with Two for Tuesdays this week =)

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  12. Hi Indrani and welcome to the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! I grabbed your RSS feed and am following your blog. You are speaking my language with this recipe. I find rice and beans to be a soul food for me! Thanks again for posting a link and I look forward to getting to know you better through your posts! Alex@amoderatelife

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  13. Thanks, Priya, Sabi and Delhibelle

    @ Girliechef, Thanks dear and loved participating in ur event

    @ Clark, Thanks for following me and welcome to my blog

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  14. Hi Indrani

    Thanks for telling me about this new address. Didn't know you changed home :)
    I love such one pot meals, lovely

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  15. We love Mexican Rice around here, I always add beans too. I will add leftover meat to the dish if I have it - hamburger or chicken or even pork.
    Thanks for sharing this with Two for Tuesday Blog Hop!

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  16. age bolo chile kothay? ami bhabchi anekdin tomar post dekhi na. bari change korecho aar janaoni :-)
    erom one dish meal amar favourite and mexican is another region yet unexplored in my kitchen. dekhte ja hoeche na.

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