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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Black-Eyed Bean & Basmati Rice

Lawrence Keogh image
Image from the cookbook

Some time ago, I was contacted by a PR lady who is trying to spread the word about a kidney care cookbook, written by TV chef Lawrence Keogh (head chef at Roast) - you might have seen him on Saturday Kitchen.

Lawrence wrote Rediscovering Food & Flavours after having a kidney transplant at the age of 35. The book contains 16 delicious recipes and is available free of charge from renal dieticians. It is designed to help people cook meals that are still exciting and flavourful, but move away from the dull low phosphate diets that many sufferers have to contend with. You can also download the book here, or email me and I'll send you the PDF file (& recipe cards) for you to download.

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Black-Eyed Bean & Basmati Rice, from the recipe cards

Lawrence recently added 4 new recipes, Chinese Spare Ribs, Garlic Chilli Prawns, Black-Eyed Bean & Basmati Rice and Malvern Pudding, which are available on recipe cards. These new dishes are not only tasty and nutritious, but also safe to eat, without conflicting with any medication.

World Kidney Day is the second Thursday in March every year, and you can read more information on their website. One in 10 people will develop CKD (chronic kidney disease) in their lifetime in the UK alone, hopefully this cookbook will entice people into cooking and eating well balanced, tasty meals.

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Black-Eyed Bean & Basmati Rice
From Lawrence Keogh's kidney care recipe cards

Serves 4

250g tinned black-eyed beans, drained & washed
150g washed basmati rice
30g butter
100g chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
2g chopped garlic
1 dessert spoon honey
10 twists of black pepper

Boil the basmati rice until tender, drain and keep warm.

Meanwhile, fry the onion in the butter until golden brown, then add the chopped garlic, ground ginger, ground coriander and the cumin seeds.

Now add the black-eyed beans and let it all cook together.

Add the honey and remove from the heat. Season with the black pepper.

Stir in the rice and serve warm.

You can also serve this chilled, as a rice salad to accompany meats or fish.

Note: On most low potassium diet sheets, beans and pulses are often on the avoid list, but as you can see from this dish, portion sizes and other ingredients in the dish can determine its suitability.

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Jan said...

Oooh yummy yum yum! This looks delish!

Shaheen said...

Thank you so much for sharing the info on World Kidney Day, I was not aware of it.

The recipe is really appealing both to my eyes and to my stomach.

Deeba PAB said...

An amazing book from an amazing person. I love the depth of flavours and the visual appeal ... enticing is the word Nic! Thanks for spreading the word so beautifully. All the 4 recipes you mention sound fab!

grace said...

foods appropriate for those with kidney disorders aren't something one hears about very often--excellent post! the dish you chose to make is very appetizing--i love me some legumes. :)

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Lovely rice dish.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Thank you for sharing this amazing book that tells a story and is for a good cause.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Interesting stuff. And yummy-sounding recipes, too! If this kind of book can't entice people, then what will?

Helen said...

What a great cause. I firmly believe in the huge contribution food make to health both in what you what you eat and how much you enjoy eating it!

Unknown said...

That looks very tasty, beautifully presented too.

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous presentation! And I really believe it's important to think about what we eat and how it affects our bodies as well. :)

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Very interesting & this is such a beautiful & tasty looking dish!

Superb food!

Unknown said...

I never cook rice with salt and have gotten so used to the taste over the years that I don't miss it. It's cutting out the salt in my meat that's the challenge. Anything in the book on that?

Jamie said...

Wonderful book! And a great recipe. Perfect meal in itself I think.

Anne said...

That rice looks very tasty Nic - I have a load of cooked black eyed beans in the freezer so this is ideal!

Maria♥ said...

This rice combo really yummy!


Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That's a scary statistic Nic and a worthwhile book. The rice looks lovely :)

Maggie said...

All of the recipes in the PDF file look great.
You have chosen a good recipe to share with us and it looks delicious too.

Anonymous said...

ooh I have just bookmarked this to make for dinner. I'll probably have to use different beans but bet it will still be yummy!