Sunday, February 15, 2009

Creamy Cajun Rice

Here is the second dish we had on Cajun night along with the chickpea cakes (I made a few adjustments to the recipe after reading some of the comments). I guess this is something like a gumbo. It's easy to make and is very tasty. You can adjust the spices to your liking if you are not making it for a bunch of kids.

- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp paprika
- cayenne pepper to taste
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup long grain rice (I used basmati)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups chopped seitan (optional)
- 1 cup soy milk (plus more, if needed)
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1. Heat oil and margarine in a large pot over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly for a minute or so, until flour becomes a nice golden brown and has a nutty smell.
2. Add onion, green pepper, celery, and bay leaf and fry, stirring regularly, until softened (about 5 mins). Add spices and fry for another minute. Add water and rice and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Bring to bubbling, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until rice is cooked (about 15 mins). Stir regularly to keep rice from sticking.
4. Add seitan, if using, and soy milk. Cook until liquid thickens a bit.
5. Stir in greens onion and chopped parsley. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve.


Meg said...

I love anything Cajun. Looks delicious!

Matt said...

I do something similar, but I add sliced 'Andouille' with the rice. The spices from the Andouille add a nice deep flavor to the rice.

The Southern Fried Vegan said...

I think you may mean it's sort of like jambalaya. Gumbo is soup.

Eating Consciously said...

I definitely would add some more spices, but it seems so flavorful! I like how you have different themes for meals.

Virginia said...

that looks like comfort food to me! said...

Looks great, I've been looking for a recipe like this lately. Thanks for posting.

The Voracious Vegan said...

Mmmm! That picture looks so good I'm drooling. Scrumptious! Thank you for always giving me great dinner ideas.

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Yum, this sounds flavorful!

Bianca said...

I need to plan a Cajun night for Fat Tuesday! This looks like a good start!

Anonymous said...

Kudos on making vegan meals that kids actually enjoy! I have a lot of mom friends who are looking for healthier alternatives for their kids. Can you post this on RawPeople? I think they'd all enjoy your stuff...

Summer Fae said...

I cannot wait to make this for dh.

Thanks for sharing.

zlamushka said...

this is grreat, love cajun spice mixes, make them myself, soooo delish... thanks for the recipe, will try :-)

DJ said...

Creamy, spicy and delicious!

flannelbuddha said...

If I wanted to make this with brown rice would I still cook uncovered?

Vegan Dad said...

Probably not. Or, if you do, make sure you keep an eye on the liquid so it all does not dry out.

Rob said...

at which step do you add the margarine? i don't think it says in the directions. i'm going to add it at the beginning and see what happens :)

emma said...

oh my goodness, this is wonderful!!!
i added a lot of hot sauce and cayenne. but this is definitely going to be a new favorite.

Lizzie said...

Hi there vegan dad I was wondering because im trying to have less intake of soy I was wondering if i could replace the soy milk in this receipe for almond milk.