Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chili and Rice

I have always liked spicy food, especially if its home made, quick, easy and tasty! Below is the recipe for Chili, a typical ‘South’ dish in North America. I have used Turkey in the recipe. You can substitute this with minced chicken or beef; though I have never tried with chicken or beef (not yet at least). This is served as main course.

My husband makes it just “emmmmmmmmmmmmmm”….

Below portions serves 4


Spring Onions: 1 bunch, chopped

Tomato: 1 cut in to bite size pieces

Celery: 2 stalks, chopped (optional but very healthy)

Minced turkey/chicken: 1 pound (washed)

Mushrooms: 1 cup

Cooked/canned beans: 2 cans, I used mixed beans (you can use what ever cooked beans you have at home)

Ginger garlic paste: 1 tbsp


Bay leaf: 1

Cinnamon stick: 1 small piece

Salt: 1 tsp or according to taste

Black Pepper: 1 tbsp grounded

Hot sauce: 1 tbsp (I used Tabasco)

Cayenne pepper or red chili powder: 1 tsp (optional, if you want more spice)

Vegetable oil: 2 tbsp


Heat oil in a large pot and add bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Then add spring onions, celery and tomatoes.

Roast the above a bit but not completely. Add ginger garlic paste and cover and cook for 1 minute.

Then add minced turkey/chicken.

When the turkey turns pink, add water (1 cup), salt, pepper, hot sauce and cayenne pepper/red chili powder (if you are using).

Then add the cooked beans and mushrooms.

Simmer and let it be on stove for at least 30 minutes. Before you switch off the stove, check the seasoning and adjust.

Chili can be served with pita/Roti/Naan/Rice. I also served boiled fresh corn, seasoned with butter along with Chili and Rice.


  1. A tempting dish Madhu...will give it a try. Serving with bolied corn, something new and interesting...

  2. yeah! Gouri, it only looks complicated but when you start making it, it gets done quickly. After adding the last part which is mushrooms, you just simmer the stove and get back to whatever you are doing!
    Loved you raw-papaya dish too.

  3. Great looking dish Madhu..sounds interesting..must try this.

  4. Hwy Suja! Welcome. Yes, its an interesting dish.