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Mar 8, 2009

Caribbean Rice

Are you ready to join me in the trip to the Caribbean Islands? Then come on, let’s go and join the fun by cooking some vibrant, scintillating Caribbean food for “Monthly Mingle: Caribbean Cooking”, hosted by Meeta of What’s For Lunch Honey! OK, OK! You can pack your swim suits and beach slippers too! :)

Before we head to the kitchen to cook something, let’s make ourselves little bit educated about Caribbean islands and its cuisine. Shall we?

The Caribbean is a region consisting of the Caribbean Sea, its islands (most of which enclose the sea), and the surrounding coasts. The region is located southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and Northern America, east of Central America, and to the north of South America.(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean)

Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Amerindian, British, Spanish, French, Dutch, Indian. These traditions were brought from the many homelands of this region's population. In addition, the population has created (from this vast wealth of tradition) many styles that are unique to the region.

Another Caribbean mainstay is rice, but you'll find the rice on each island may be a little different. Some season their rice, or add peas and other touches - like coconut. Sometimes the rice is yellow, other times it may be more brown but overall it tends to just act as part of a dish. Though it comes in many forms, it is a common side dish throughout the region.(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_cuisine)


I have gathered so many delicious Caribbean dishes that gave me a hard time to decide which one to cook. All the recipes sounded delicious. You won’t believe if I say that I have spent two whole days in deciding what to cook for the event. Anyway, I finally settled for Caribbean Rice recipe as it sounded different and yummier. And I am glad I picked it, because we liked it so much. It’s a perfect blend of spices and health.

You can read the original recipe from here.

Ingredients: (Serves 3 persons)

  • 1 (15 ounce) Can of red Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 (3 ½ ounce) Can of green Chilies, drained (I used ½ cup of chopped Jalapeno Chilies)
  • 1 cup Canned Pineapple Chunks, drained and halved
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • ½ cup toasted Slivered Almonds
  • Salt as required
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 5 cups hot Cooked Rice (equal to 2 cups uncooked rice)


Preparation:

Heat oil in a pan and add onion along with garlic. Sauté for some time until onion becomes translucent. Let it cool for some time.

Add onion mixture to a blender along with green chilies and salt and grind into a smooth paste.

Add this puree to the hot rice along with kidney beans + pineapple + almonds and mix well. Adjust salt.

Enjoy delicious Caribbean rice! It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spicy ingredients.


As I used some almonds in this reicpe, I am also sending this to "Let's Go Nuts with Almonds", hosted by JZ @ Tasty Treats. Thanks for reminding me Priyanka!

42 comments:

Chitra said... [Reply]

Thats a nice recipe for the event uma,finds easy too:)

Varunavi said... [Reply]

wow nice recipe and very good way of presenting the dish (details abt caribbean)

sra said... [Reply]

It looks pretty, Uma.

Pooja said... [Reply]

Never heard of this.looking nice

Lavanya said... [Reply]

new to me..nice presentation n info uma!!

notyet100 said... [Reply]

looks so yum,..wish u happy holi,..:-) u can send this for lets go nuts almonds too,..:-)

jayasree said... [Reply]

Pretty presentation and delicious rice..nice entry for the event

Divya Vikram said... [Reply]

Looks like rajma chawal uma. Nice presentation.

MeetaK said... [Reply]

a lovely refreshing and fruity kind of dish! so perfect for the mingle. thank you for joining!

Shama Nagarajan said... [Reply]

wow..delicious rice

Kitchen Flavours said... [Reply]

Wow i too thought of this recipe dear but some how left off.....Looks yum with those flavourful beans....

rekhas kitchen said... [Reply]

yemiti aa venakala vallu tinte kodatara tinakapote kodatara he he he nice cliks and perfect uma looks so delicious

Happy cook said... [Reply]

Rice looks really yumm and i love the pictures.

Medhaa said... [Reply]

love the combination of kidney beans and rice, looks lovely

Asha said... [Reply]

LOVE the figurines in the background and rice looks most delicious and healthy too with beans. Good one! :)

MamaFaMi said... [Reply]

Lovely presentation.

Trupti said... [Reply]

wow Uma, rice looks very delicious..never tried this rice before. Nice presentation.

♥Rosie♥ said... [Reply]

I would follow you dear Uma to the Caribbean Islands and what a treat when I get there to try out your Caribbean ice - YUM!

Rosie x

Sujatha said... [Reply]

Carribean rice looks delicious! Something new to try for me..

Deepa Hari said... [Reply]

Rice looks lovely and delicious Uma...Nice presentation.

Ashwini said... [Reply]

looks so delicious..Love the figurines in the backround..

Cham said... [Reply]

The pineapple gives a nice tropical touch to the rice. Good one Uma!

Pavithra Kodical said... [Reply]

Ingredients in this recipe sounds great...Good recipe and well presented Uma :)

AnuSriram said... [Reply]

Looks lovely! Nice click! Yummy entry for the events...

Vanamala said... [Reply]

sounds good...its a unique recipe

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

that's nice uma... never tasted this rice...looks great.... feel like having some.

A_and_N said... [Reply]

Wow that looks healthy, nutritious and tasty :)

LG said... [Reply]

Carribean Rice looks tasty and nutritious Uma.

Poornima Nair said... [Reply]

Lovely entry for the event Uma...rice looks great, very tempting.

Maya said... [Reply]

Oh yumm..So many nice flavors goin on in the rice! Nice entry.

karuna said... [Reply]

looks so tempting. loved the figures by the side.

sowmya said... [Reply]

looks quite rich..and presently so beautifully...

JZ @ Tasty treats said... [Reply]

hmm...sounds yummy, Uma! This is definitely a new one for me...

Thanks for sending it to Lets go nuts : almonds! :-)

kamala said... [Reply]

Beautiful Presentation Uma..Sounds very easy to make

Yasmeen said... [Reply]

We too enjoyed tasty Rice and beans,adding fruits and nuts makes it even better:)

Usha said... [Reply]

Sounds simple and delicious Uma. Cute figurines in the background.
Thanks for reminding me about the event yesterday!

DEESHA said... [Reply]

spunds very delicious Uma ..

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Must try dish. It's sounds and looks delicious!!!

Priya Sriram said... [Reply]

Caribbean Rice looks delicious and the pic is wonderful with the statues behind! :)

Gita's Kitchen said... [Reply]

Wow, spicy Caribbean rice with beans...lovely.Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

Aparna Inguva said... [Reply]

Hey Uma, ela unnaru? Carrabien rice super undi.. healthy ga tasty ga...

homecooked said... [Reply]

Looks so yummy Uma! Tasty and delicious!

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