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Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry Bowls with Brown Basmati Rice

Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry

Bowl Food, Curry, Optimum G2.3, Vegan | 10th January 2017 | By

It may no longer be the International Year of Pulses, but lentils, beans and peas have been a staple for me ever since I can remember. They are not only nutritious, delicious and filling, but they make a great base for many a meal. These black bean tomato carrot curry bowls are simple to make and they taste very good indeed, especially when served with brown basmati rice. A perfect healthy whole food supper for Veganuary and to Jumpstart January.

The recipe is adapted from Meera Sodha’s new vegetarian cookbook, Fresh India which I featured in my Christmas gift guide. It’s fast become one of my favourite books. Meera’s curry, which she names Rajma contains kidney beans and no carrots. I had no kidney beans to hand, but I did have some cooked black beans in the freezer; I thought they might look rather dramatic against the red of the tomato sauce. My veg rack was sporting a few not-quite-but-nearly wrinkled carrots, so I thought I’d better use them up quick and incorporate into the sauce. I substituted a red chilli rather than a green one, omitted the chilli powder and used slightly different quantities of the other spices.

Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry Bowls

The sauce for the black bean tomato carrot curry is whizzed up in a blender. I used my Optimum G2.3 platinum series induction blender, This made short work of grinding the onions, carrots, ginger and other firm ingredients into a loose paste. It was then a simple process of frying some spices, adding the sauce and finally the beans and a few more spices.

I served the curry with the last of the Christmas Brussels sprouts and brown basmati rice. This is probably my favourite rice: it’s fragrant, slightly nutty and keeps the selenium, manganese, niacin, calcium, magnesium, fibre and more that is largely lost in white rice. I like a bit of chilli heat, but you can always use a mild or small chilli instead if you don’t want it too hot. We ate half of the curry one day and the remainder the next. Like all curries, it was even better on day two.

Black Bean Tomato Carrot Curry with Brown Basmati Rice
Serves 4
A simple, yet delicious curry with hidden carrots for fussy eaters.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 200g brown basmati rice
  2. 1 large onion or 2 small ones - peeled and roughly chopped
  3. 4 medium carrots - topped, tailed and scrubbed
  4. 1 red chilli - deseeded
  5. 3 cloves garlic - peeled
  6. thumb sized piece of ginger (I use organic ginger and keep the skin on)
  7. 1 400g tin of plum tomatoes
  8. 2 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
  9. 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  10. 400g cooked black beans or 1 tin
  11. Ā½ tsp ground cumin
  12. 1 tsp ground turmeric
  13. Ā¾ tsp ground coriander
  14. 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  15. a few sprigs of coriander leaves (optional) - washed and chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash the rice well, place in a pan with 425ml water. Place a lid on the pan. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat right down and allow the rice to steam for 30 minutes. Turn the heat off and leave the pan covered for a further ten minutes or until ready to serve.
  2. Blitz the onions, carrots, chilli, garlic, ginger and tomatoes in a blender until a loose paste forms (I use my Froothie Optimum G2.3).
  3. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the cumin seeds for a few seconds, then add the tomato paste.
  4. Stir, bring to a simmer and cook for twenty minutes.
  5. Fill the empty tomato tin with water and add this to the paste.
  6. Bring to a simmer and add the beans and remaining spices. Add salt to taste and cook for a further ten minutes.
  7. Scatter the coriander leaves over the top just before serving.
  8. Serve with the rice, your choice of green vegetable and pickles.
Notes
  1. Soak the rice in warm water for at least an hour before needed to speed up the cooking time. Wash well and cook as above.
Adapted from Fresh India by Meera Sodha
Adapted from Fresh India by Meera Sodha
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No Waste Food Challenge LogoIt also goes to Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary for the No Food Waste Challenge – those carrots really wouldn’t have lasted any longer nor would the Brussels sprouts.

 

 

 

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      Choclette
      10th January 2017

      Yes, I’m hopeless at following recipes, but they are great for inspiration and guidelines šŸ™‚

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    joe ledesma
    10th January 2017

    thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes. I have been a vegetarian for 5 years now and I can’t tell you enough how your blog has perked up my cooking! I look forward to your postings and trying your recipes. Thanks again and best wishes for the new year.

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      Choclette
      10th January 2017

      Hello Joe. Thank you so much for commenting and letting me know. That’s possibly the nicest thing that’s happened to me this year šŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you too.

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      Choclette
      10th January 2017

      Thanks Angie, it was definitely delicious, although it’s the sort of food we eat all of the time šŸ™‚

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    Cathy @ Planet Veggie
    10th January 2017

    We have the same ‘loosely based on a recipe’ technique – use what we’ve got in the cupboard and add/omit to our own personal taste šŸ™‚

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    Chris @thinlyspread
    10th January 2017

    Black beans are my absolute favourite, I bung them in everything! This looks like perfect January food and I am totally craving sprouts again now!

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      Choclette
      10th January 2017

      Black beans are so good. I’ve only come across them in the last few years. My mother always used to use large black beans which I wasn’t very keen on, so I was suspicious of these turtle beans – until I tried them!

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    Heidi Roberts
    10th January 2017

    There is something about brown rice – plain or basmati that just screams healthy and goodness! this looks like it would be really satisfying.

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    Helen Costello
    12th January 2017

    Oh I could really do with that warm and hearty dish right now. Definitely loving the idea of adding black beans to a curry. Thank you so much for the mention x

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      Choclette
      13th January 2017

      Thanks Helen. I’m not sure what makes black beans so good, but they really are rather fab šŸ™‚

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    Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet
    13th January 2017

    This is such a lovely vegetarian recipe, Choclette. I simply love the smell of Basmati rice. And the black beans there is a perfect match.

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      Choclette
      13th January 2017

      Oh yes, so right. The scent of basmati rice cooking is wonderful. Thank you.

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    Mel | A Virtual Vegan
    13th January 2017

    My kind of dinner! I love beans and I love curry. I also love sprouts with my curry! It could have been made for me :O)

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    Mina Joshi
    15th January 2017

    I have made the Rajma curry from Meera’s recipe and substituting Rajma for black beans sounds perfect. I have only just started using black beans and find them so easy to cook.

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      Choclette
      15th January 2017

      I’d be interested to hear what you think of Meera’s book Mina? Black beans are just fabulous.

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      Choclette
      15th January 2017

      It really is Kat and it’s also really easy to bulk up if needing to feed a crowd.

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      Choclette
      16th January 2017

      Haha, yes, it’s mine for the moment, but I’m rather fickle when it comes to food. I suspect something else will quickly win my affection šŸ˜‰

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    23rd January 2017

    You rock at these bowls Choclette!

    Thanks for entering them into Meat Free Mondays, I featured your recipe and the roundup is now live, if you would like to see what else was featured this week or just how bonnie your dish looks. Right, now time to do a bit of promotion for this post for you!

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      Choclette
      24th January 2017

      Thanks Jac. I’ll head on over later to see what other feasts you have for us šŸ™‚

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    ema
    26th January 2017

    Love this and such a tasty combination with the black beans and carrots, and i’m a big fan of brown rice too.

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      Choclette
      31st January 2017

      Thank you. Brown rice has such a lovely nutty flavour, I’m not quite sure why it is generally despised.

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    Elizabeth
    1st February 2017

    What a gorgeous way to serve the last of the festive sprouts! I love all the spices in this recipe – it sounds like a super inspiring book you’ve adapted it from. Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge, it’s always great to have you on board! šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      1st February 2017

      Aw, thanks Elizabeth. It’s a fab book. I just need time to take a proper look at it. We’re big fans of spicy food here. It was curry for us again last night šŸ™‚

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