Thursday, January 7, 2016

Frugal Beans and Rice Recipes


Baqala Polo; Rice With Beans and Dill Weed (here served with lamb) recipe from Iran

Baqala Polo Iranian Rice With Beans and Dill Weed
(This is VERY good!)


3 cups long-grain rice, well-rinsed
* 8 cups water
salt
* 1/4 cup melted butter
* 1/8 teaspoon saffron, dissolved in 2 tbs warm water (optional)
* 1 lb frozen lima Beans
* 1/4 cup dried dill weed, or 3/4 cup fresh
* Iranian yogurt and spinach (Borani-Ye Esfenaj)
* 1 lb spinach, fresh or frozen
* 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
* 2 tablespoons oil
salt and pepper
* 1 cup plain yogurt

Directions To Prepare Iranian Rice with Beans and Dill Weed (Baqala Polo)
* Cook lima Beans until done.
* Drain.
* Set aside.
* Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
* Add rice to water.
* Boil 5-10 minutes , until rice is no longer crunchy, but still firm.
* Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
* Drain rice in colander.
* Mix Beans and dill weed with the rice.
* Put half of the melted margarine in the bottom of the rice pot.
* Put the rice back into the pot, a spoonful at a time, heaping it into a mound, not touching sides of pot.
* With a chopstick or similar tool, poke holes in the rice in several places.
* Pour the remaining melted margarine over the rice.
* Cover the underside of the pot lid with a dish towel, and put lid tightly on pot.
* Cook rice about 20 minutes over medium heat, then turn heat to low, and cook for another 30 minutes.
* The rice on the bottom of the pot should become golden and crispy.
* Soak bottom of pot in cold water for a few minutes, to loosen this.

* Put rice onto a serving platter, surrounded by chunks of crispy rice.
* Take 2/3 cup of the rice, mix it with the dissolved saffron, and sprinkle over the rest of the rice as a garnish.

* Cook spinach in lightly salted water until tender
* Drain well.
* Chop.
* Set aside.
* Heat margarine or oil in a pan.
* Add onions, and fry until golden.
* Add spinach and fry together briefly.
* Turn off heat.
* Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
* Transfer to serving bowl or dish.
* Mix in yogurt.



Mujadara
-Middle Eastern comfort food, made with lentils, rice, and onions.

What you need
1 Cup Lentils
1 Cup Rice
3 1/2 Cups Water
4 Onions
1 Tea­spoon Cumin
1 Tea­spoon Salt
1/2 Tea­spoon Pep­per
2 Table­spoons Veg­etable Oil
Serves 4–6

How to put it together

Slice the onions. The onions should be sliced long, so they look like a rain­bow ver­sus diced into small pieces.
Heat pot on med-high heat. Add 1 Table­spoon of Veg­etable Oil and 1/2 an onion. Cook until onion is caramelized.
Add lentils, water, salt and pep­per. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and sim­mer for 20 minutes.
After 20 min­utes, add rice and 1 Tea­spoon Cumin. Cover and sim­mer for addi­tional 20 minutes.
Heat a fry­ing pan over med-high heat. Add the remain­ing 1 Table­spoon of Veg­etable Oil and remain­ing onions. Cook until fully caramelized and blackened.
We used green lentils & yel­low onions for this dish.
We usu­ally serve our Mujadara with hum­mus & pita.

Belize Rice and Beans Recipe



Let’s start with the most Belizean of all dishes: rice-and-beans, the staple of Belize Cuisine. Although originally considered primarily a Creole dish, today it’s eaten daily by all and is simply called Belizean rice and beans. While, of course, nobody can make rice-and-beans as delicious as the grandmother of the first Belizean you ever talk to, the following is pretty much a recipe for a successful ‘beans’ as it is commonly called by weekend partygoers when they stop to purchase a plate late night in downtown Belize City from a variety of street-side sellers. Picture: Belize Beans and Rice is a variation of Rice and Beans.
Recipe for Belizean rice-and-beans derived from the original Meighans Beans recipe:
INGREDIENTS
1 lb. Red Kidney Beans 2 plugs Garlic (crushed)
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup coconut Milk (either squeezed from grated coconut or bought prepared, canned, or made from powered variety)
½ tsp. Black pepper
½ tsp. Thyme
2 lbs. cleaned Rice
1 medium Onion (sliced)
6-8 cups of water
(optional) 1 small pigtail or salt beef or pieces of bacon
METHOD
1. Wash the beans, then soak beans for 4 hours, using the 6-8 cups of water. If you are using distilled water, then soaked beans only needs 2 hours to soften.
2. Boil beans until tender, with the garlic, onion and pig’s tail/or salted beef or bacon pieces. Note: pre-wash the pigtail or salt beef and cut off excess fat. You can use a pressure cooker to cut down on the time.
3. Season beans with black pepper, thyme and salt. Note: You may opt not to add the salt if you used salt beef or pigtail above.
4. Add coconut milk. Stir and then let boil.
5. Add rice to seasoned beans. Stir, then cover. Cook on low heat until the water is absorbed and rice is tender. If necessary, add more water gradually until rice is tender. Note: Usually, one cup of rice absorbs two cups of water, although rice grains can vary in the amount of water they absorb. To warm up leftover rice-and-beans, you can sprinkle with water to re-moisten.
Belize Rice-and-beans, with its several accompaniments, can be found on most restaurants’ menus. A variation is rice-and-peas (made with black-eyed peas instead of with red kidney beans).
And a sister dish, but definitely different, is beans-and-rice, which is the stewed beans served with white rice (not cooked together like its sister dish) and also served with either potato salad or cole slaw, plantain, and your choice of meat or fish.
You might also want to check out our related Belize Tilapia Fried Fish Recipe Page.
One of its distinctive ingredients, coconut milk, is also a main ingredient in several other Belizean dishes. One of these is seré, which is a delectable dish, usually made with fish, swimming in a seasoned coconut milk sauce laced with okra and ground foods like cassava and cocoa. The sere is eaten with grated green plantain or often with white rice.
-from  Belize.com, Belize recipes.



And here are some other great foods made with legumes and rice from around the world:
from India a delicious breakfast pancake made from rice and lentils

Mexican beans and rice


Spiced mung beans and rice, again from India

 red beans and rice from the American South

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

What I Want For Christmas




What I want for Christmas This Year:


No more hunger anywhere.


Hunger is still the number one killer in our world today.

1/3 of the worlds hungry people live in India, and 5 Indians die every minute from hunger. Hunger is the number 1 killer in India.

1.02 billion people around the globe do not have enough to eat.

Each and every year 15 million children die of hunger, with over 16,000 children dying every day from hunger related causes.

More than 60% of the chronically hungry people on the planet are women.

This situation, with people dying of hunger everyday, is simply unacceptable to me and to most people on the planet I would hope.

I have never been seriously hungry because even during my times of greatest financial hardship I had places and people to turn to for help.

However the majority of hungry people on earth today have nowhere to turn to and no one to help them. 
Unless we do. You and I. Help feed hungry people wherever and whenever we can. And without sermons or judgement. Just food to feed their hunger.

Can one person make a difference? Certainly.  For the people you give food to, you may be the reason they did not go to sleep tonight crying from hunger. You may even save a life. 

If you can do nothing else, then please consider donating a box of food to your local food bank. 

There are hungry people, including hungry children, in your own city who are going to sleep with an empty belly unless someone like you helps them. Today.

You can also click on the hunger sites, or play the free rice game to feed hungry people, as listed immediately below. One click brings food to hungry people around the world. Please click everyday. Your click makes a difference.

One Click at a Time. Click these sites daily to donate food to the hungry.
Home 




Hunger in America and how you can help:
http://www.secondharvest.org/







Another  great program feeding hungry people that needs our help. 











Food For The Poor. Please help.




Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Five Easy Ways to Help Others at Christmas Time







1) Make a donation to your local food bank to help the hungry in your community. Or help pack food boxes or serve the holiday meal to local homeless people.

2. Gifts for Kids: Select a gift tag for a child from one of the Christmas tree displays in your local store and purchase the gift the child asked for.

3. Coat drives. If you live in an area with cold weather, then please consider donating a warm coat or two (scarves, mittens and gloves, and warm hats are needed too), to your local coat drive.

4. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. For the planet and for you. Because it's a good thing to do, especially now during the holiday season when there is so much waste.

5. Donate school supplies to needy children in your cities schools.





'Christmas is Coming Home to Glasgow' by Carol Laula

Jingle Bells Chinese Style at Christmas

Monday, November 30, 2015

Five Easy Ways You can Help Others Now







1) Make a donation to your local food bank to help the hungry in your community. Or help pack food boxes or serve the holiday meal to local homeless people.

2. Gifts for Kids: Select a gift tag for a child from one of the Christmas tree displays in your local store and purchase the gift the child asked for.

3. Coat drives. If you live in an area with cold weather, then please consider donating a warm coat or two (scarves, mittens and gloves, and warm hats are needed too), to your local coat drive.

4. Recycle. Reduce. Reuse. For the planet and for you. Because it's a good thing to do, especially now during the holiday season when there is so much waste.

5. Donate school supplies to needy children in your cities schools.