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Cilantro, Lime and Black Bean Rice [Vegan]

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This recipe will make a perfect side dish, and honestly makes a perfect comforting meal, just add some salad on the side and if you are not feeling up to it, do not bother, some days we need just the carbs!

Cilantro Lime and Black Bean Rice


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 medium sized red onion, finely diced
  • 2 pods minced garlic
  • 1 cup of basmati rice
  • 11/2 teaspoons freshly ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • 1 lime
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro


  1. Heat the oil and add in the onion and sauté for about 4 to 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  2. Add in the rice and mix well and stir the mixture for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cumin, red cayenne pepper and turmeric and the salt and mix well.
  3. Add in 2 cups of water and bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, the rice should be still wet and mostly cooked.
  4. Stir in the beans and reduce the heat to low and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove the cover, cut and squeeze in the lime juice and stir in the cilantro.
  5. Let the rice rest undisturbed for 10 minutes. Serve as desired with your favorite meal.





Rinku Bhattacharya is a creative Indian cooking teacher and writer, who began teaching Indian cooking almost a decade ago, to share the culture and home flavors of her native India.  Passionate about a conscious lifestyle and seasonal living, she shares her recipes and experiences are chronicled on her blog Spice Chronicles. This concept has translated to two cookbooks. The first is a part memoir, part narrative-style cookbook, "The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles," which was the winner of the 2013 Gourmand Awards for Best Indian Cuisine cookbook. In her second cookbook -- "Spices and Seasons, Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors" -- Rinku offers recipes inspired by the local bounty of the Hudson Valley. The book also offers tips and ideas on creating a green kitchen and reducing your food footprint!



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1 Years Ago

This was pretty bland. It wasn\'t savory and just tasted like the lime and the heat from the spices.

3 Years Ago

I just LOVE this recipe...this is the second time I\'ve made it this week!! And both times I doubled the recipe. So spicy & delicious.

4 Years Ago

This is seriously my favorite rice and beans recipe EVER, and I have tried tons of them. I now make this once a week and double it and even then it doesn\'t last the whole week. Thank you!


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