This recipe uses the most popular beans in a Caribbean kitchen (black beans and kidney beans), all cooked up in a turmeric paste which adds extra flavour to the soft fluffy rice.
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large brown onion, chopped
- 3 spring onions, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- thumb-sized piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- ½ Scotch bonnet chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp ground turmeric
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 200g tin coconut milk
- 400g tin black beans, drained and rinsed
- 400g tin kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1½ tsp sea salt flakes
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 500g/1lb 2oz white or brown rice, rinsed
- 5 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 tbsp butter
- fresh flatleaf parsley, finely chopped, to garnish
- squeeze lemon juice, to serve
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion, spring onions, garlic, ginger, Scotch bonnet and turmeric. Fry for 3 minutes, until the onion and garlic are softened.
Add the carrot, tomatoes, coconut milk, black beans, kidney beans, salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Add the rice, mix and, if necessary, add more water so the liquid level is just above the rice. Add the thyme and butter and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover with a lid and simmer for 25 minutes, or until the water is fully absorbed and the rice cooked through.
Garnish with the parsley, add the squeeze of lemon juice and serve.