Saturday, November 12, 2011

Coconut Rice

If you are looking for a simple and filling rice and bean mixture, this dish certianly fills that want.

I was playing around with flavors tonight and after one bite, I didn't want anything else I made for dinner. My side dish became my main dish!

The coconut is subtle for those who cringe at the flavor being too strong. The basmati rice and red beans are a perfect compliment in texture. Sprinkle with a little pepper before serving and you are set.

Coconut Rice

1 tbl butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapenos, minced (ribs and seeds removed for less heat)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 tsp celery salt
Coarse salt (optional)
3/4 cup canned coconut milk
1 can red kidney beans, drained
1 cup Basmati rice
2 scallions, cut
Black Pepper (optional)
1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter; add garlic, jalapeno, thyme, celery salt and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds.

2. Add coconut milk and 1 1/2 cups water- bring to a boil. Stir in kidney beans and rice. Cover; reduce heat, and simmer until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

3. Remove from heat; stir in scallions. Let sit, covered, until water is absorbed, 10 minutes.

4. Enjoy! Try as a side dish, with Coconut, Curry, and Lime Chicken.