Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Vegetarian Chilli

Bought the 16 bean packet from the store without deciding what to make with it. As it has to be soaked for making any dish, I just soaked overnight. I had a thought of making vada in my mind but I didn’t tell my mom why I soaked that for . She just pressure cooked the beans thinking that it would save time for me in the evening. I couldn’t make vada as it got cooked. The dark evening and the bitter cold outside sparkled an idea in me to make Simple Vegetarian Chilli to warm you from inside out.

Soups are always a comfort food to beat the cold and lift your spirits on a cold evening. I took out my slow cooker out to make the Chilli. Note: You can do it in the ordinary cooker itself. You can pressure cook the soaked beans for one whistle and you can do the rest in a regular saucepan.


16 beans - 1 cup (Soaked overnight and cooked )
Vegetable Broth - 2 cans (No salt Added)
Chunky Salsa Sauce - 1 cup
Jalepeno - 1 sliced in thin rounds
Onion - 1 Finely Chopped
Tomato - 1 cut into medium pieces
Olive oil - 1 tbs
Pepper & Salt to

Method :
Keep oil in a pan , Sautee the peppers and onions. Add the cooked beans to the pan and let the beans get a coat of oil. Make sure you don’t make the beans mushy. Return the sautéed stuff to the slow cooker . Add Vegetable broth, Chunky Salsa Sauce, Chilli powder , tomatoes and let it cook in High setting for 30 mts. Reduce the setting to low and let it simmer for about 20 mts. Add salt and pepper according to your taste.

Serve in individual bowls garnished with chopped Cilandro leaves and shredded chedder cheese.