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How to Cook Red Cargo Rice and Kidney Beans - Healthy Lunch Menu

Updated on June 6, 2012

Kidney Beans and Red Cargo Rice

Hello, this is living with pulmonary hypertension since 2004 and today`s recipe is Kidney beans and whole grain red cargo rice, the combination of these two is very healthy and a complete meal itself. It provides virtually fat-free high quality protein and fiber. We already know enough about kidney beans so I do not want to repeat it. Let`s talk about Red Cargo Rice. The red cargo rice is unpolished rice and the color of the bran is purple, red or maroon. It is chewier than regular white rice and take longer to cook. Need to soak at least 15-30 minutes before cooking. Cooked red rice is more nutty and sweeter in taste. In this rice the husk is removed, leaving all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals retain in the bran layer. This is a good source of Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), fiber, iron and calcium. This rice is good for diabetic patients.

First, I am going to cook Kidney beans. Follow the instructions below for the ingredients and procedure.

Ingredients for the Kidney Beans

  • 2 cups kidney beans
  • 1 teaspoon salt or as needed
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 medium size onion cut in small pieces.
  • 3-4 clove of garlic
  • small piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 green chili
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil
  • One pinch of asafoetida or hing
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 medium chopped tomato and cilantro for garnishing

How to Make Kidney Beans

  • Before you soak kidney beans, make sure that there are no stones or rotten beans.
  • Rinse twice then soak the kidney beans in about 6-7 cups of water for at least 8 hours. You can boil the water and soak kidney beans for only 2-3 hours. It depends how much time you have in your hands. Once it fully soaked, will be rise double in volume.

Soaked Kidney beans
Soaked Kidney beans | Source
Blended spices
Blended spices | Source
  • Cut the onion,garlic, green chili in small pieces and combine with black pepper, dry coriander seed and make a paste.

  • Cut the tomatoes in small pieces and make a paste.
  • Add soaked kidney beans in pressure cooker with 7 cups of water. A this point I also add cumin powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, and paprika, close the lid of the pressure cooker and let it cook.
  • As pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Close the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker.

  • In the mean time, heat the oil in a sauce pan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed. If the seed cracks right away, the oil is ready. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds, as the cumin seeds crack add onion and garlic paste. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato paste now and stir fry another 2-3 minutes until the oil start separating from the sides of the pan.

  • Transfer the kidney beans from the pressure cooker in to saucepan. Combine well. Cook on medium high heat for 2 more minutes.
  • Kidney beans should be soft and tender. Lightly mash the kidney beans while mixing. Adjust salt, and pepper to your taste.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantros.

Kidney bean almost cooked
Kidney bean almost cooked | Source
Red Cargo Rice
Red Cargo Rice | Source
Cooked rice
Cooked rice | Source

Tips to cook good fluffy rice.

  1. If you have soaked rice longer than 30 minutes, use 1/4th cup of water less.
  2. Check the rice in about 10 minutes, If rice is not cooked cover it again and cook a few more minutes.
  3. When rice is done but too wet, turn off the heat and keep the lid open half way.
  4. If you keeping checking rice while is cooking, water will evaporate faster and rice will not cook right.

#2. Ingredients for Red Cargo Rice

  • 1 cup red cargo rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil

How to Cook Rice

  • Wash rice 2-3 times changing water.
  • Soak it for at least 15-30 minutes before cooking.
  • In a medium sauce pan add 2 cups of water, one spoon of oil and rice. Cover the lid.
  • Bring to a boil and turn the heat to low and cover the pan again.
  • Cook rice for about 15 minutes or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated.

Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork


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    • livingpah2004 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thougtforce, thanks for stopping by and nice comments.

    • livingpah2004 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for liking the food,Vinaya. I really appreciate it.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I love this food.

    • thougtforce profile image

      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Red rice looks great and add some new color to any dish! I have never seen red rice before but I will try it and this recipe! Great photos that also explain the different steps! voted up, useful


    • livingpah2004 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much for stopping by and liking the recipe.

    • pinto2011 profile image


      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice way of cooking things up step by step. Amazing recipe. Will surely give it a try.

    • livingpah2004 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you so much for stopping by and voting up. You can find this rice in Asian grocery store or Amazon Online.

    • livingpah2004 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your time and comments,rjsadowski. Red rice is very healthy and easy to cook.

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      Bonny OBrien 

      6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      This looks very tasty. I love rice dishes. I am going to try to find this rice in my area. Nice Hub. Voted up.

    • rjsadowski profile image


      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. I have never cooked with red rice but your recipe makes me want to.


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