West Indian Rice and Beans


The plan was to make watermelon rice for today. I had devised a lovely recipe using the flesh, rind and seeds of the watermelon. When I opened the refrigerator to start my prep, I discovered that the husband and daughter had finished up whatever watermelon I had saved up for the rice. Then I had to quickly think and thankfully I chanced upon this amazing West Indian rice and bean dish. I had all the ingredients available and so I quickly made this dish. Now I have to say that I am very grateful to the two of them for finishing the watermelon else I would not have got a chance to make this delicious dish.

This is a simple dish and quick to make if you have cooked beans available. The combination of coconut milk with vegetable stock is amazing and when you have rice cooked in this mixture the resultant dish is simply marvelous. Another lovely element of the dish is that there is no oil used and even the onion is boiled instead of saute. That elevates this dish to the next level. A must try!


Serves 1-2

Recipe adapted from here


1/2 cup Rice

2 tbsp Red beans

1 Onion, medium

1 cup Coconut milk

1 cup Vegetable stock

1/2 tsp Garam masala





  • Soak the red beans overnight in sufficient water
  • Drain the water and pressure cook it for 2-3 whistles with 1/2 cup water
  • Slice the onions and set aside
  • Heat a pan and add the onions, coconut milk, vegetable stock, garam masala and salt
  • Once the liquid is hot, add the rice and cook covered for 6-7 minutes on medium heat
  • Check to see if the rice is cooked else add some more stock or water to cook the rice
  • Add the beans and mix well
  • Once the rice is cooked, turn off the heat and keep covered for 3-4 minutes
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!


This is my post for the Biryani / Pulao / Khichadi festival for the alphabet ‘W’

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11 thoughts on “West Indian Rice and Beans

  1. you got me at No oil, sowmya ! definitely worth a try and pls do email me the watermelon rice recipe too – sounds as delish as today’s dish… (and about the fridge being raided, I have lost count when my pet ingredients are missing / replaced / gobbled up before I could make the dish..)

  2. The coconut milk must have given the rice enough fat , but truly the idea of no fat sounds great . Coconut milk being creamy must have made the rice very delicious too . Great pick .

  3. Wow a rice dish without oil. Super cool. I guess addition of coconut milk provides the necessary richness to the dish. Looks yum

  4. I have used stock and coconut milk separately for cooking rice, but combining both is new. It must add so much flavour and richness to the rice. The beans would make it a filling meal for sure.

  5. Then I think you must let your hubby and daughter know that they must raid your fridge frequently like this so that you can make interesting dishes like this.

  6. I am all up for dishes with coconut milk. I simply love them. Amazed by how you came up with this dish so quickly. Great. Between let me know when you post watermelon rice. I am curious.

  7. No oil rice sounds quite interesting and healthy. Love the ingredients here.. coconut milk, beans in rice , flavoured with garam masala!!

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