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Cook-up Rice… Vegetarian Three Bean Cook-up Rice

Vegetarian Cook-up

The new year is almost here. If you’re Guyanese you’re probably rounding up your ingredients for your New Year’s eve cook-up rice and fried fish. I usually make a slamming black eyed peas and beef cook-up. When I was living in Guyana, my mom’s New Year’s eve cook up always had black-eyed peas, salt beef, tripe and beef. A. I hate tripe, b. I can’t find salt beef where I live and c. after eating pepper pot and all the goodies from Christmas, I feel like I need a bit of a break from all of that. So to start the new year off on a healthier note, I am sharing my recipe for a simple but tasty, three bean vegetarian cook-up. Hope you give it a try and enjoy on old year’s night (as we Guyanese say and/or New Year’s day!

Click on the link for a video tutorial (hint: I’m in this video, in case you were curious to know what I looks like, ha ha).

Yummy goodness!

Yummy goodness!

Vegetarian Three Bean Cook-up Rice (8 Generous Servings)

Ingredients:
1/2 can of black eyed peas (about 1 cup of cooked peas)
1/2 can of chick peas (about 1 cup of cooked peas)
1/2 can of kidney beans (about 1 cup of cooked peas)
2 cups long grain parboiled rice
1 can coconut milk, diluted with 4 cups water
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 can of petite diced tomatoes (or 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped)
1 tbsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp dried thyme (Guyanese thyme preferably)
1/2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp casareep
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
2 tbsp oil

Directions:

Warm oil in a large (heavy bottom) stock pot, on medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until onions are soft and slightly brown. Add tomatoes, thyme, basil and 1/2 the granulated garlic and cook down until all the water from the tomatoes has evaporated. Add the black eyed peas, kidney beans and chick peas. Add the remaining granulated garlic, sugar, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Add rice and mix together. Add the coconut milk and water mixture, then add the casareeep. Mix together. Increase the heat to high and bring up to a roaring boil. Let boil covered for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer until the rice is fully cooked. This should take 30 to 40 minutes. When rice is cooked and all the liquids have evaporated, serve and enjoy!

Tips and Ramblings:

1. Hope you guys enjoyed this video, I had fun making it!
2. I am using canned products in this video to give those of you with busier lives a quicker alternative for making cook-up rice.
3. If you prefer to soak your peas, just use a 1/4 cup of dried peas/bean for each of the peas/beans listed above.
4. If you have comments or questions don’t forget to post them in the comment section below.

Happy New Year and Happy Cooking!

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Quick and Easy Snacks… Channa

Channa

I LOVE chick peas. In fact when I was in grad school, many nights I opened a can of chick peas added some salad dressing and that was dinner. True story. Channa is a quick and easy alternative to eating chick peas right out of the can.

Here’s another true story, one of my closest friend’s dad made the most amazing channa. I would always ask him to make it for me. Then finally I asked how he got it to taste so good. This is my version of his recipe and his tips.

This dish takes 15 minutes to cook and prep, faster if you buy Goya chick peas since they are nice and soft, right out of the can. The chick peas I am using is a bit alĀ  (tough in texture) and needs additional cooking to get it just right.

1. Finely chop 5 heads of green onions and 3 cloves of garlic. 2. In a skillet / frying pan on medium heat cook green onions and garlic in about 1 tbsp of olive oil, for two minutes. 3. Add chick peas and water (from the can) to the green onions and garlic.4. Add 1 tsp cumin powder or geera (ground toasted cumin), salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.  5. Cook until all the water has evaporated and the chick peas is soft.Enjoy with some mango sour.

1. Finely chop 5 heads of green onions and 3 cloves of garlic.
2. In a skillet / frying pan on medium heat cook green onions and garlic in about 1 tbsp of olive oil, for two minutes.
3. Add chick peas and water (from the can) to the green onions and garlic.
4. Add 1 tsp cumin powder or geera (ground toasted cumin), salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
5. Cook until all the water has evaporated and the chick peas are soft.
Remove from the heat and enjoy with some mango sour.

Channa (2 servings)

Ingredients:
1 can of cooked chick peas (about 2 cups)
5 heads of green onions (finely chopped)
3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp cumin or geera (ground toasted cumin)
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of cayenne powder


Directions:

Add oil to a saute/frying pan on medium heat. When oil is hot add green onions and garlic. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add chick peas, including water from the can. Add cumin, salt and cayenne powder. Cook until all the water has evaporated and chick peas are soft.

Tips and Ramblings:
1. You can use dry chick peas if you prefer. If you use dry chick peas, you will need to soak it over night, then boil until the peas are soft. At the point where you add the chick peas to the cooked green onions and garlic you would add some of the water reserved from when you boiled the peas.
2. I am a lazy cook so I use chick peas from the can, it’s just as delicious.
3. Depending on what brand of chick peas you buy, you may need to add an additional cup or two of water to help soften the chick peas. The Goya brand of chick peas is the best and is the right texture for channa.

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