Calypso Rice with Curried Bananas


2 tbsp vegetables oil
1 onion peeled and finely chopped
1 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped (optional)
225 g/8 oz basmati rice
Juice of 1 lime
350 ml12 fl oz vegetable stock
200 g can black-eye beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Sprigs of coriander, to garnish

For the Curried Bananas

4 green bananas
2 tbsp vegetables oil
200 ml/7 fl oz coconut milk
2 tsp mild curry paste

Heat the oil in a large frying pan and gently cook the onion for 10 minutes until soft. Add the garlic, chilli and red pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes. Rinse the rice under cold running water, bring to the boil and stir. Pour in the lime juice and stock, bring to the, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the stock is absorbed.


Stir in the black-eye beans and chopped parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper. Leave to stand, covered, for 5 minutes before serving, to allow the beans to warm through.

While the rice is cooking, make the curried Bananas. Remove the skins from bananas-they may need to be cut off with a sharp knife. Slice the flesh thickly. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the bananas, in 2 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned.

Pour the coconut milk into the pan and stir in the curry paste.
Add the bananas slices to the coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, over a low heat 8-10 minutes, or until the bananas are very soft and the coconut milk slightly reduced.

Spoon the rice onto warmed serving plates, garnish with coriander and serve immediately with the Curried Bananas.


Published by DFV Queen

I have develop a passion for natural and healthy life style, starting with a vegan life style including regular exercising each day. Which helped to feel inspired and happy within myself. my diet is very restricted due to severe allergies! When ever a food triggers a hostile response from the body's immune system the result is an allergy attack, which on occasion may be life-threatening although it's relatively simple to identifying problem foods, avoiding them completely is not always easy. My journey with allergies hasn't been easy "but" it has helped me to becomes a stronger person and would like to share and encourage others to never get discouraged, there's always light at the end of the tunnel if you keep persevering.

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