Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gluten-free Vegetarian Chilli & Rice

Today I made up this gluten-free vegetarian chilli and got some compliments on it on various social platforms so I thought I'd share the recipe. It's really good!

1 garlic clove minced
1 tblsp. sunflower oil
1 cup Uncle Ben's white rice (uncooked) [boil in bag will also work]
1/3 can chick peas drained & rinsed
1/3 can kidney beans drained & rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
5 tblsp. tomato puree
1 Knorr Vegetable Bullion Cube
1/2 cup boiling water
Generous splash of lemon juice
1/2 tsp. hot chilli powder
Salt & Pepper (to taste)
Shredded cheddar cheese (to taste)


  1. Fill a medium saucepan with water and heat until boiling rapidly. Pour rice in and boil for about 10 minutes or until desired tenderness is reached. Drain and keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, mix up bullion cube with boiling water in a bowl with a whisk until all the lumps are gone.
  3. Heat sunflower oil in a frying pan over medium heat until warm. Add minced garlic and stir until it starts to change colour. Pour in bullion broth and splash of lemon juice. 
  4. Add corn, chickpeas, kidney beans and tomato puree. Stir until combined and reduce heat, continuing to boil over low heat.
  5. Salt & pepper to taste. Add chilli powder - please note the more you add, the spicier it will be. start with a little and add to taste if you are not a fan of spicy food. Continue to boil until reduced to the desired consistency. If it begins to get too thick, just add a bit of water.
  6. Serve chilli over a bed of white rice and top it with shredded cheddar cheese. If it gets a little too spicy, add more cheese to mute the spiciness.
It took me about 15 minutes to make this and it makes enough for 2 generous portions. It was really tasty - one of my new favourite lunches! I'm looking forward to trying this again sometime with ground beef added.

The biggest challenge I'm finding with the gluten-free diet at the moment is not having bread or wraps at lunchtime. It's so easy to just make a sandwich or wrap. If you have any gluten-free lunch suggestions, I'd love to hear them so please feel free to leave a comment!


  1. Have to try this recipe! My new love are amaranths cookies! check out my favourite healthy snacks :)

    1. It's really good! Especially if you have the right cheese! xx

  2. THIS! made my stomach in literally...thanks for sharing! will try this really soon! :)

    The Pink Lemonade Girl

    1. Let me know how you like it! Feel free to post a photo or comment on the Pink Julep Facebook page - Can't wait to hear how it turns out! xx


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