Monday, November 24, 2008

Chili Sin Carne - Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Chili con carne or 'peppers with meat' in Spanish or simply chili is a spicy stew made with meat,chili peppers,cumin,garlic and onion.Chilli sin carne -'meatless chili' is a vegetarian version that is equally popular.In this,meat is replaced with potatoes,tofu or other equivalents and this also has got several regional versions.As chili became popular,a version with beans also became equally popular in USA,especially where the beans where easily available.I got a vegetarian bean chili from here and I relished it as it was very comforting and filling.

Ingredients:

Red KidneyBeans: 1/2 cup
Black Beans: 1/4 cup
White Navy Beans:1/4 cup

Onion:1 small
Carrot: 1 small
Celery: 1 stick
Garlic: 1-2 cloves
Red & Green Bell Pepper: 1 cup mixed

Chipotles in Adobo: 2-3 tbsp as per taste
Cumin powder: 2 tsp
Chilli Powder: 2-3 tsp+
Oregano:1-2 tsp
Tomatoes/Tomato Paste: 1 big/2 tbsp

Salt& Pepper :as per taste

Preparation:
Presoak and cook the beans adding little salt.Chop onions into long thin slices.Clean and cut celery into cubes.Peel and chop carrots and bell peppers into cubes.Crush/Chop/Mince the garlic.

Heat oil in a deep pan,add onions,garlic and then carrots ,celery and little salt and cook till they soften.Add chipotles,cumin & chilli powders,oregano and salt if needed.Mix well.Add chopped tomatoes/paste and water.Let it simmer till the flavours blend for 10-15 minutes and gravy thickens.Add the beans along with the water in which they were cooked and blend well.Simmer for 10-12 minutes until required consistency is reached.Adjust the salt and spices and serve hot.It can be served as a hearty side with breads/rice or as a comforting soup.I loved it as both.


I find it similar to our Indian curry in terms of spiciness though chipotles give a nice Mexican twist.Also the original recipe is with black and red kidney beans only.I had navy beans,so I used it.Also instead on can of diced tomatoes in the original recipe,I used tomato paste +water.Well,the adjustments did not affect the taste as I got the same chili that I usually get from nearby Mexican restaurant.

Filling ourselves with this hearty chili on Recipe Marathon Day #24,lets take a quick round of fellow runners kitchen:
1)DK 2) Srivalli 3) Ranji 4)PJ 5)Medha 6)Priya 7)Bhawna 8)Raaji 9)Ruchii 10)Anu 11)Kamala 12)Roopa 13)Divya Kudua 14)Rekha 15)Divya M 16)Lakshmi 17)Raaga 18)LakshmiVenkatesh 19) Sripriya 20)Viji 21)Kamalika 22)Pavani 23)Karuna 24)Roochi


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