One of the most simplest , hearty meals in my home and which we make often. I love making it because the veggies I use in this are raw . The marriage of the cooked ingredients and raw ingredients in this dish is undeniable .
To complement the spice , I pair it with a fruity Pico de gallo . This meal is both hearty and fruity and leaves one craving for more
Coming to the recipe , Even though its easier to cook the wild rice mix using a pressure cooker, I prefer cooking it on the stove top mainly because it fills my home with an aroma that is close to ecstasy .
Wild rice mix is a nutty flavour rice mix . The blend I use has long grain brown rice, Himalayan red rice, wild rice, brown basmati rice.
Here is the recipe for the wild Rice and Beans :
1 cup of wild rice blend
3 cups of water ( 2 1/2 if your using a pressure cooker)
1 can of Mixed beans or any other kind of your choice
half a red bell pepper
a teaspoon of chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon of chipotle chilli powder or normal chili powder
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
A squirt of lime juice
1 small red onion chopped
1 serrano or thai chili( optional)
Cook the wild rice with the water , salt and a teaspoon of olive oil until done but firm.Let it cool
Drain , rinse and again drain the beans from the can and add it to the rice mix
Add chopped bell pepper , chili , onion and cilantro to the rice and beans
In a small cup , add 1- 2 teaspoons of olive oil , chili powder, cumin and lemon juice and mix well .
Pour this mixture over the rice , beans and veggie mixture. Mix well , adjust salt accordingly . Top it off with a mashed avocado or guacamole and serve with a salsa either spicy or mild . I serve mine with a watermelon and mango Pico de gallo.
Pico de gallo colloquially means chicken feed in spanish. There are various versions of the source of the etymology of this word. More than the spicy version of this dish , we prefer to go with the fruity version especially during the summer . What better way than to cool off with fruits in summer ?
1 cup of watermelon cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup of mango
1 thai or serrano chili
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of sugar or sweetner of your choice( optioanl)
1 teaspoon of minced red onion
1/2 teaspoon of chopped cilantro
a squirt of lime juice
Method: Mix all ingredients and serve cold .This is not a make ahead dish , as the watermelon makes it a watery dish.