After brainstorming from soups to salad using corn and bell pepper for the dish-it-out event, I finally settled on the vegetarian chilli. The first time I heard of chilli was around 12 years ago, it was a snowy day and my friend mentioned how a warm bowl of chilli would be great when we stopped to eat.
The association between cold weather and warm chilli stuck on to me, but I assumed that we needed a slow cooker and so on. Fast forward to this year, we had a small gathering at our workplace and we were served vegetarian chilli and corn bread. That was the first time I tasted chilli and loved the tangy flavors. Although it took a few months for me to actually make it, I am glad I did because this is one of the easy recipes to put together and healthy too.
Simple, healthy and tasty vegetarian chilli.
- olive oil - 1 tbsp
- cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp (jeeragam)
- garlic - 5 cloves - minced
- onion - 3/4 cup - chopped
- bell pepper - 1.5 cups - chopped (I used green peppers)
- eggplant - 2 cups - diced
- corn - 1.5 cups - I used frozen corn
- chilly powder - 1 tsp
- cumin powder - 2.5 tsp
- coriander powder - 1 tsp (optional)
- salt - to taste
- pinto beans - 15 oz can
- black beans - 15 oz can
- red kidney beans - 15 oz can
- tomatoes - 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz) + 1.5 cups crushed tomatoes (I used canned)
Heat oil and add cumin seeds and garlic. Saute for a few seconds. Next add onion, bell pepper, eggplant and corn. Saute for 5 minutes.
Add salt, chilly powder, coriander powder and cumin powder followed by the beans and tomato. Add about 1/2 cup of water.
Mix well and simmer for around 40 minutes stirring in intervals.
1. Adjust the spices to taste.
2. Any squash can be used instead of eggplant.
3. Increase the quantity of crushed tomatoes by half a cup if you like a much tangier chilli.
4. Fresh herbs like cilantro can be added.
1 year ago: Snickerdoodles
1. Heat oil and add cumin seeds and garlic. Saute for a few seconds.2. Add onions, bell pepper, eggplant and corn.3. Saute for around 5 minutes.4. Add salt, chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder. Mix.5. Add black beans, pinto beans and red kidney beans. 6. Add diced tomato, crushed tomatoes and about 1/2 cup of water.7. Mix well and simmer for about 40 minutes stirring in intervals of 8 - 10 minutes.8. Flavors have blended and chilli is cready. Serve warm.
Healthy vegetarian chilli ready. Serve warm with skillet corn bread.