Fall

Chili sin carne

December 30, 2009
Author Notes

I am always up for a fight, especially when it involves food. So when a colleague suggested that meat had no taste, I argued...and then grew silent. Then he mentioned his love for Chilli sin carne, him being a vegetarian and all and this was born. I'll warn you up front, this is a useful one to have in the bag. The children LOVE it on pasta, it goes great with rice....is delicious in a grill lasagne and even works as a filling in a Cheat's ravioli.....it is not one to be trifled with. —Kitchen Butterfly

  • Prep time 30 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds, dry roasted and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, dry roasted and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • 400 milliliters passata or sieved tomato sauce
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced or chopped in small bits
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 200 milliliters vegetable stock (or made up with a stock cube and water)
  • 125g kidney beans (from a tin, rinsed and drained)
  • 125g white beans e.g cannellini (from a tin, rinsed and drained)
  • 1-2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • chili pepper , to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Heat oil in a pan on medium heat, and after a minute add sliced onions and a pinch of salt. Stir and let cook slowly till the onions begin to take on colour, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the crushed coriander and cumin seeds and the tomato puree. Let cook for a minute or two, stirring all the time and then add the passata, garlic, paprika, stock, beans, sugar and chili pepper (if using).
  3. Let stew slowly on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring now and again. Taste and adjust seasoning as you desire.
  4. When ready, crush some beans using your cooking spoon to thicken, if the sauce is too thin.
  5. While the sauce is cooking, boil some cannelloni. You can make 'assemble your own' in which the sauce is stuffed into fully cooked cannelloni shells once it's ready.
  6. You can cook the cannelloni till 5 minutes from ready, then fill with sauce, top with some cheese and bake at 180 deg C for 10 - 12 minutes.

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For the first 9 years of my life I hated food and really loved sugar till Wimpy (British Fast Food chain) changed my life! These days, all grown up, I've junked junk food and spend my days and nights on a quest - to find and share the sweet, sweet nectar that's food in The #NewNigerianKitchen! Dreaming, cooking, eating and writing...about and adoring a strong food community that's big and bold enough to embrace the world's diverse cuisines - I'm passionate about celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety. Why do I love food so? It is forgiving. Make a recipe. Have it go bad....but wake up tomorrow and you can have another go at succeeding! Only with food!