Indian Inspired Rice and Bean Salad

I made this dish, inspired by ingredients used in Indian dishes, for a pot luck party. Pasta salad has been done so many times so this fusion meal was my solution to making a light summer dish that is both vegan and gluten free. Before heading out into the garden I prepared all of the elements then mixed it all together when I came inside to get ready to go. The spoonful Xav and I sampled passed inspection. I hope you enjoy!

1/2 cup red mung beans; soaked overnight
1/2 cup brown basmati rice; soaked overnight
2-3 cloves garlic; crushed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow bell pepper; diced
2 tomatoes; diced
1/2 cup red onion; minced
large handful parsley (I used flat Italian); chopped
1 carrot; shredded

Drain and rinse beans that have soaked over night, place in a medium sized pot, add 4 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer till the beans are soft (1 1/2 – 2 hours), drain and rinse.

Drain and rinse rice that has soaked over night, place in a small pot, add 3/4 cup water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer till the water has all been absorbed (about 20 minutes).

Meanwhile, mix together ingredients for marinate in a small glass or ceramic bowl; garlic, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, vinegar and olive oil. Set aside.

Prepare vegetables, place in a bowl, cover and store in refrigerator.

Place cooked rice and cooked and rinsed beans in a large glass or ceramic bowl, add marinade, mix, cover and store in refrigerator to chill.

Add the vegetables to the marinated rice and beans, stir and serve.


One thought on “Indian Inspired Rice and Bean Salad

  1. Nancy Finlayson

    Looks and sounds yummy! Happy summer dear friend. Relax and enjoy a well deserved break. Attaching these cool rocks at our campsite on Bear Lake in Utah. Gonna make me some Flintstone jewelry! Are u too young to know who the Flintstones are???xoxo. Give Jav a hug. Nan

    Sent from my iPhone



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