Lima Bean Rice


Serves 4-6


Ingredients:

Lima Beans, Fresh or Frozen, 1 lbs

Dill, Fresh or dried, 4 oz

Medium Size Potato, 1

Basmati Rice, 3 cups

Salt, turmeric

Olive Oil

Non fat plain yoghurt (optional)


First, place lima beans in water, and remove outer skin. This gives you two split halves for each bean. In a large non-stick pot, pour 5 cups of water, 1 teaspoon of salt, and one teaspoon of olive oil. Place on high heat. When the water comes to a boil, add the rice. Cook rice for 5 minutes, and add the lima beans. Continue cooking until the rice is almost soft, but still slightly firm in the very center of each grain when pressed between thumb and index finger.

Strain rice, and wash off excess starch in cold water. Peel the potato, and slice into 1/2 inch thick round pieces. Washes the pieces, and the dry with a paper towel.

Place empty pot back on the high heat, until the bottom is dry. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric. Arrange the potato slices on the bottom of the pot, and let them slightly brown on the bottom for 3 minutes. at the same time, mince your dill, and mix with the rice and lima beans.

Add the rice to the pot, and close the lid. Let the rice build steam under high heat. If no steam after 5 minutes, add 1/4 cup of water. As soon as you have a good steam build up, reduce heat, and simmer for 15-20 minutes on low heat. This lets the potatoes become golden and crunchy in the bottom of the rice.

If your rice does not have enough salt, add salt in form of salt water, and not dry salt. Do not add to much water near the end, or the rice gets too soft.

You can serve this dish with a variety of stews, barbeques, or just plain yoghurt.


Nutritional Facts:

Protein: Low/moderate (lima beans)

Carbohydrates: High (From Potatoes, rice)

Fat: Low

Cholesterol: low

Vitamins: low/moderate


Note:

This dish is used as a side to many meat dishes. It can be served by itself as a vegetarian dish. The rice and potatoes are good sources of carbohydrates. The lima beans have some protein value, and the fat is low.