Friday, May 07, 2010

Red Pepper and Kidney BeanTagine

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My creative pot (metaphorically speaking) was placed on the back burner the past few days in favour of a relaxing few days away with friends. We wallowed in the hot springs, made liberal use of the waterslides, putt-putt and trampolines and spent our nights braai-ing. If you've ever contemplated a midweek break but was unsure if you should go ahead: wonder no more!

We came back refreshed, energised and steamy from the inside out and was welcomed home with wintry Cape weather - cold, overcast and drizzling.

Photo of Red Pepper and Kidney Bean Tagine

This type of weather lends itself to such a wide array of comforting foods though, that it's impossible for me not to be at least a little bit glad when waking up to the beating rain. Apart from the culinary possibilities of cold weather, I think few things beat snuggling up under a duvet with your man/a good book/your adorable little kitten. Some form of hot beverage on standby goes without saying of course...

This is strictly speaking not a tagine as it's cooked on the stove top in a plain old saucepan, but tagine sounded a hell of a lot better than stew or hotpot. Besides, I'm allowed some artistic license, right? Whatever the name though, this is one seriously comforting mix of vegetable goodness and smoky heat from the spices used. It is both delightfully light and deliciously filling - the perfect rainy day meal for you and your man. Or cute little kitten...

Photo of Red Pepper and Kidney Bean Tagine

Red Bean and Red Pepper Tagine
Adapted from food24 (originally sourced from Ideas magazine) 
Serves 6

1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 red bell peppers, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tsp (5 ml) cumin seeds, finely ground
2 tsp (10 ml) smoky hot paprika
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tins (410g each) peeled and diced tomatoes
125g baby marrows (zucchini)
salt, to taste 
2 tins (410g each) red kidney beans, drained
1/4 cup fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and peppers, saute until softened. and add peppers, onion and garlic. 
2. Add cumin, paprika and cinnamon and cook for a few seconds or until fragrant.
3. Add tomatoes and babymarrows, season to taste with salt, cover and cook for 15 minutes over medium-low heat.
4. Add beans and gently reheat until simmering. Sprinkle with coriander and mint and serve with couscous.

Nutritional info (per serving): Calories 200.5 , Total fat 3.3 g, Saturated fat 0.5 g, Polyunsaturated fat 0.7 g, Monounsaturated fat 1.8 g, Cholesterol 0.0 mg, Sodium 633.9 mg, Potassium 908.2 mg, Total carbohydrate 35.7 g, Dietary fiber 12.4 g, Sugars 4.0 g, Protein 10.0 g 

Good source of: Vitamin C 243.0 %, Vitamin A 79.3 %, Manganese 33.8 %, Folate 26.5 %, Iron 22.7 %, Vitamin B6 22.4 %,


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy on May 07, 2010 1:21 am said...

I love beans, this looks great! Thanks!

Joanne on May 07, 2010 3:33 am said...

Tagines really are some of the ultimate comfort food...warm and spicy. And so good. So glad you had an awesome time with your friends!

nina on May 07, 2010 5:58 am said...

Yummee, that something so delicious can be so healhty? Very impressive!

Anonymous said...

I notice that you cut your peppers a little bigger that what I would call "chopped". It looks great. I will definitely try it.

Marisa on May 07, 2010 10:28 am said...

Debbi - If you're a bean lover this will be right up your alley.

Joanne - I think warm & spicy is the ultimate luxury in cold wintry weather.

Nina - The healthy bit is a nice bonus, yes!

Marisa on May 07, 2010 11:25 am said...

Dave - Quite right, I probably should've said roughly chopped instead.

Robyn on May 07, 2010 12:05 pm said...

Mmm... sounds like a wonderfully aromatic dish. I have the very same paprika in my cupboard.

Anonymous said...

Hi Marisa.
Where can I find that smoky paprika in the Johannesburg area?
I like vegetarian meals and this looks easy and healthy with the addition of kidney beans. Will give it a try. Thanks

Marisa on May 07, 2010 7:32 pm said...

Robyn - I'm so in love with that paprika!

Anonymous - I live in the Western Cape, but I found mine at our local Spar, I'm assuming they would stock the same at one of their Jhb branches.

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