A delicious Caribbean Bowl with Coconut Rice, Chickpea Curry and Roasted Plantains
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Vegan Caribbean Bowl with Chickpea Curry, Roasted Plantains and Coconut Rice

A dreamy vegan Caribbean Bowl with a spicy chickpea curry, sweet and crunchy roasted plantains, and a delicious, delicately spiced coconut rice. A soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free recipe.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Bowl/Meal
Cuisine: Caribbean, gluten-free, nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan
Servings: 8
Calories: 425
Author: Vaishali

Ingredients

For Chickpea Curry

  • 30 oz canned chickpeas (approx 2 cans)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • A small piece of scotch bonnet or habanero pepper (these are very spicy, so use a very small piece and be sure to deseed. You can sub with jalapeno if you can't find either of these.)
  • 2 medium potatoes (cut into a 1/2-inch dice)
  • 2 tsp dry thyme or oregano, or a mix of both (or use 2 tbsp fresh thyme or oregano, chopped)
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns (use more of less per your preference)
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste

For the coconut rice:

  • 1 1/2 cups jasmine rice (or basmati)
  • 2 cups coconut milk (from the carton, not can)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion (finely diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • A small piece of scotch bonnet or habanero pepper (jalapeno is okay as a substitute)
  • 1 tsp dry thyme (or 1 tbsp fresh)
  • Salt to taste

For roasted plantains:

  • 4 plantains (Peeled and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Use plantains that are slightly ripe, with the skin just turning yellow with some black spots. You don't want very mushy, overripe plantains here)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp adobo seasoning (or make your own by combining equal parts of onion powder, garlic powder, dry oregano, black pepper and salt)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika (optional)
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Make the chickpea curry:

  • In a skillet, roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, mustard seeds, ground cloves, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds and turmeric until a couple of shades darker and fragrant. Process to a coarse powder in a spice grinder and set aside.
  • Heat the oil. Add the onions and garlic and saute until translucent. Then add the chili pepper, thyme and powdered spices and stir in.
  • Add the chickpeas and potatoes with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover the pot and let the curry simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. At any point, if the curry looks too dry, add some water.
  • After the potatoes are tender, add salt and turn off heat. Garnish with cilantro if you desire.

Make Coconut Rice:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan or skillet. Add the onions and garlic and thyme and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Stir in the ground cloves, the chili pepper, and thyme and mix well. Add the rice and stir until it turns opaque. Add the coconut milk and 1/2 cup water along with salt. The water should taste a little saltier than you would like your rice to be.
  • Once the water starts to boil, cover the pot, turn heat to low, and let the rice cook 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand, undisturbed, at least 10 minutes more.

Make the roasted plantains:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a bowl, toss the plantains together with the adobo, paprika if using, and salt.
  • Place the plantain slices, without overlap, on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Flip the slices over halfway through baking.

Assemble the bowls:

  • To make your bowl, scoop rice into the bowl, top with the chickpea curry, and with the plantain slices. Add some more fresh thyme or cilantro to the bowl if you wish. I also love adding slices of fresh avocado for more nutrition and texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 425kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 956mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1105IU | Vitamin C: 25.7mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 5mg