Monday, December 1, 2008

Quick and Dirty - Congris (Cuban Red Beans and Rice) - My Legume Love Affair Fifth Helping

One of several Cuban variations of many Caribbean
rice and bean recipes, congris (Spanish for "with gray")
translates colloquially to "dirty rice." Call it what you
will, it is one of the great, classic comfort dishes.

Kidney Beans
Red kidney beans. A similar dish, Moros y Cristianos, is prepared
using black turtle beans. It is sometimes confused with congris.

Congris - My own recipe


1 cup long or medium-grain rice (I used medium grain which produces a stickier texture, more like paella)
2 cups cooked red kidney beans
2 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Handful cilantro leaves (optional garnish)


In a large skillet, sauté garlic, onion and green pepper over low heat until soft and gently browned. Stir in oregano, salt and pepper. Stir in rice to coat each grain. Add water and kidney beans. Increase heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, covering the skillet. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. If the rice is not quite tender when the liquid is all absorbed, add another 1/2 cup water or broth, and continue simmering another 10 minutes. Remove from heat, keeping the skillet covered to contain the steam for another 10 minutes. Remove the cover, fluff the rice, and adjust salt to taste. Serves 4. --

Even better the second day.

This very late post is for Simona of Briciole, hosting My Legume Love Affair Fifth Helping. Do stop by Simona's blog later this week for the round-up and announcement of the randomly drawn cookbook prize winner.



  1. Yumm. I just made pigieon peas and rice. I love the combination of legumes and rice. Yours looks tasty.

  2. I bet the flavour is even better, if you eat leftovers the next day. If there is any left. Delicious!

  3. Pure comfort food! And it's a meal in a bowl.

  4. Your rice looks sooooo good! I've never had this before and would love some just about now. ;-)


  5. I'm a huge fan of both congris and moros -- for me, either one is a whole meal.

  6. The right light! Very nice combination of colors and flavors.

  7. I love beans and grains, and leftovers are even better!

  8. This looks really delicious. It's been a long time since I've had beans and rice of any sort - I'd love to try this sometime soon.

  9. Ah, rajma!

    I just googled black turtle beans and the initial results remind me of obstacles (creatures) in a Mario Bros game!

  10. Love kidney beans and this is a very comforting meal!

  11. I love rajma rice, and yours looks delicious!

  12. You make even the most humble of comfort foods look chic, Susan.

  13. This recipe looks like a winner Susan! When we were in Costa Rica I was surprised to see that the Moros & Christians recipes included Worcestershire Sauce, but they did! And it was good too. Love your bean event!!!

  14. very comforting and inviting bowl of rice Susan!

  15. Courtney - Thanks. I was thinking of pigeon peas with rice, too, but went with the congris.

    Holler - Oh, yes, leftovers are outrageously delish. Thanks!

    Lisa - Exactly. No better definition. Thanks.

    Hi, Paz! Thanks so much. Good to see you!

    Lydia - They are both wonderfully cozy meals. I agree.

    Simona - Thanks. Daylight really is easier and best.

    Kim - Me, too, and leftovers win hands down. Good to see you!

    Thanks, Jessica! So easy, too. Hope you try it.

    Sra - Once we get you to the States, I just may take you to a Latin restaurant for frijoles negros!

    Joythsna! So very good to see you! Rajma are a favorite prepared in many different ways. I love them.

    Harini - Thank you. I love it, too.

    Susan - Thanks. It's all in striking the pose. : )

    Hi, Jescel! Welcome! Thanks for your kind comment.

    Lori Lynn - Worcestershire Sauce? Hmmmm....that's a new one on me. I could almost understand if it was Bermuda, a crown colony, but Costa Rica? I shall take you at word that it was good. I am not one to challenge fusion cooking. There are more things in Heaven and Earth...

    Thank you, dear Meg!

  16. We live for rice and beans in this part of the world. Yours looks absolutely delicious.

  17. This looks like a perfect meal for a winter night.

  18. your bowl of rice and beans looks very appealing! i am sure it tastes even better.

  19. I love the look of this bean paella - so beautiful and so healthy! I've been eating far too many chocolate cookies, so this is just what I need.