My husband likes beanie food, so I thought about a dish from many years ago. The chili con carne. It think it’s a Spanish dish…. carne is the translation for meat and meat is the head ingredient. And that’s what we don’t want to use if you only eat vegetables….
So I transformed it into a vegan dish. This is a typical winter dish and if you cannot digest beans very easy. you can do something about it. On the end of cooking the beans, you should poor in a dash of salt into the water, or you cook the beans with some seaweed, or use satureya in the dish or some asafetida spice…. and you can soak the beans (if you use dry ones) at least 12 hours for cooking them throw away the soaking water, from a can wash the beans first or sprout beans but this isn’t nice for a chili without carne.
And here I found of course on wikipedia everything about chili con carne tradition, ok here you can make it your own.
Change it a little to make it more spicy, or on your taste
Ingredients for the chili without carne (for 4 persons)
500 gram of kidney beans (I used the dry one and soaked them overnight and cooked for 1 hour)
2 red bell peppers (yellow or red) cut in size 1 cm by 1 1/2 cm or something like
2 cans of tomato purée (each 68 gram)
1 onion cut in thin cubes/ or if you like rings more use the ring shape
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 strings of celery cut in thin slices
handful of fresh basil leaves
some satureya (like 2 teaspoons)
surround 1 1/2 tablespoon of apple vinegar
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of ground cumin powder
(some seitan baked for 4 persons)
a big saucepan with lid (where you can put all the ingredients together)
How to start…..
I would say cut all the ingredients who has to be cut and wash….get the saucepan and put in some oil, bake the onion and garlic till they are glassy. After… you can put in the beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, celery, vinegar, tomato purée and the spices like cayenne pepper and ground cumin powder. Mix well and low down the heat , and let’s simmer for 30 minutes. If you think there must be more liquid in the mixture poor in some water, or more tomatoes. Just look sometimes under the lid if the diner is still simmering and stir once in a while….
30 minutes are over, take a taste and decide if you like the taste. You like? Put of the heat and get a handful of basil leaves sprinkle on top of the dish (you can choose sprinkle as garnish or just directly in the pan on the diner). And if you like put some seitan through the mixture, of course after baking in a frying pan.
Get the plates and put on some chili without carne… enjoy and maybe nice with a vegan red wine and some candles on the table..