This vegan jambalaya recipe is super easy to make with basic pantry staples. Tomato-y rice flavoured with loads of herbs and spices and bulked up with celery, peppers and a selection of mixed beans make a hearty, warming and filling quick weeknight lunch or dinner.
It’s hard to beat rice dishes that can be cooked up with minimal effort and anything goes. Vegan fried rice, for example, can be made in a hundred and one different ways with whichever vegetables and seasonings you have on hand.
Such is also the case with this vegan jambalaya. You’ll need the basic inarguable Creole combination of onion, celery and bell pepper, but after that I’d say you can get pretty creative. Since we’re making this jambalaya recipe vegetarian and taking out all the meat, you can replace it with anything you want.
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- Half a green pepper, diced
- Half a red pepper, diced
- 1 can (400 grams / 14 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 4 cups (1 litre) vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon smoky paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried cayenne pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons Tabasco sauce (adjust to taste)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Pepper, to taste
- 2 cups (400 grams) uncooked brown rice
- 3 cups (500 grams) mixed beans (I used chickpeas, white beans and kidney beans)
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ¼ cup (7 grams) fresh chopped parsley
- 1 green onion, chopped (optional)
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat and add a splash of water or a tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, and garlic and sauté until soft. Add the celery and peppers, and another splash of water if necessary, and sauté until just beginning to soften.
- Add the crushed tomato, vegetable stock, herbs, spices and sauces (except the salt) and rice. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer gently until the rice is cooked and the liquid is absorbed – 30 to 40 minutes. Keep an eye on it near the end of the cooking time and stir from time to time to prevent the rice from sticking.
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