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Mung Bean Rice Bowl with Carrots, Peppers, and Turmeric Dip

Turmeric dip and cumin give this satisfying mung bean, carrot, and sweet pepper rice bowl an oriental flair.
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vegan

45min    5h    easy  
  Water 80.7%  80/17/03  LA : ALA


Ingredients (for servings, )

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For the mung bean rice bowl
4 ⅓ ozMung beans
1 Onion (3.9 oz)
1 cloveGarlic, raw, organic (0.11 oz)
2 Carrots, raw (4.3 oz)
2 Sweet pointed peppers (12 oz)
2 ¾ ozLong-grain white rice
550 mlTap water (19 oz)
½ bunchParsley, fresh (0.53 oz)
1 tspGround cumin (0.11 oz)
1 dashSalt (0.01 oz)
1 dashBlack pepper
For the turmeric dip
3 ½ ozSoy yogurt
1 tbspLemon juice (0.26 oz)
1 tspGround turmeric (0.11 oz)
1 tbspApple juice concentrate (0.4 oz)
2 tspCoconut flour (0.25 oz)
1 dashSalt (0.01 oz)
1 dashBlack pepper

Equipment

  • hand-held blender / immersion blender or blender
  • saucepan
  • stove
  • sieve
  • citrus juicer (lemon squeezer)

Type of preparation

  • cook
  • chop or grind
  • soak
  • squeeze
  • strain
  • season to taste
  • bring to a boil
  • purée
  • peel

Preparation

  1. For the mung bean rice bowl
    Soak the mung beans in a generous amount of cold water for at least 4 hours.

  2. Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic. Clean the carrots and cut into slices. If they are larger, first cut in half lengthwise. Wash the chili peppers, remove the seeds, and cut into strips.

  3. Add the onions, garlic, carrots, peppers, soaked and drained mung beans, rice, and 550 ml of water to a large saucepan. Bring the contents to a boil, reduce the heat, and continue to simmer for 30 minutes with the lid on. Stir occasionally, adding a little water if necessary.

  4. If you prefer a crisper texture, let the mung beans and rice cook for 15 minutes before you add the vegetables.

    The original recipe calls for purple rice, which is a special variety of long-grain rice.

  5. For the turmeric dip
    Prepare the dip while the mung beans and rice are cooking. Puree the soy yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric, apple juice concentrate, and coconut flour. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. The author uses rice milk yogurt instead of soy yogurt. If apple juice concentrate isn’t available, you can also use apple syrup. See the simple recipe under Alternative Preparation. You may also use any other type of sweetener that you would like. 

  7. Serving
    Wash and finely chop the parsley. Add the parsley and cumin to the mung bean rice bowl when it is finished cooking. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the turmeric dip.

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Notes about recipe

Turmeric dip and cumin give this satisfying mung bean, carrot, and sweet pepper rice bowl an oriental flair.

Servings: The author notes that this recipe makes two servings. However, based on the ingredients used and their satiety value, we have indicated that the recipe will make enough to serve four.

Mung beans: Green mung beans, originally from India, are about the size of a pea and have an elongated oval shape. Mung beans have a subtle, mild-nutty flavor. They are often mistaken for soybeans, which in contrast are white, somewhat larger, and distinctly more intense in taste. Mung beans are rich in protein and are a good source of lysine, an essential amino acid. They are high in fiber, vitamins, and folic acid and low in calories.

Turmeric: While fresh turmeric has a somewhat bitter and slightly spicy flavor, dried turmeric is milder with just a touch of bitterness. It is primarily used for imparting color to dishes. Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is native to South Asia. Fresh tumeric is similar to ginger, but has a deeper orange-yellow color. The color comes from curcumin, the main active ingredient in turmeric. Tumeric stimulates digestion.

Cumin: As they have a similar name in many languages (e.g., in German: Kreuzkümmel and Kümmel), cumin and caraway are often confused. However, they actually aren’t closely related and have a very different flavor. Cuminaldehyde is the essential oil that gives ground cumin its fresh and slightly spicy flavor.

Coconut flour: Coconut flour is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour. It is made from ground and dried coconut meat from which the oil has been extracted. Compared to coconut meat, it is relatively low in fat. Follow the link in the “Ingredients” section for a recipe to make your own coconut flour.

Sweet pointed peppers: Sweet pointed peppers are sweeter than their round relatives, yet are just as rich a source of vitamins and minerals. Their skin is thinner than that of other types of peppers. If you do not have sweet pointed peppers available, you can use regular bell peppers instead.

Tips

Purple rice: The author uses purple rice in this recipe. Purple rice belongs to the long-grain rice family and is named for its distinctive color. It is a sticky rice because of the moisture it retains after cooking. As a result of its color, it is often used to make rice dishes more visually attractive.

Alternate preparation

Sweeteners: We have replaced the apple syrup listed in the original recipe with apple juice concentrate. During the manufacturing process of apple syrup, it loses color, flavor, and other substances such as tartaric acid. This is why it is lighter in color and less flavorful than apple juice concentrate. If neither apple syrup nor apple juice concentrate are available, you can also make apple syrup yourself. Simply combine ½ liter apple juice and 200 g sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes until the syrup has the desired consistency. You may also use any other type of sweetener that you would like.

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