Friday, April 30, 2010

GastronomicGallivant: Haitian Mango Juice, Red Beans Rice With Hot Sauce

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My knowledge of Haitian cuisine is very minimal. From what I understood, I can tell that they have a little Spanish and a lot of French influence since Haiti was controlled by both these countries, among others, at different periods of time.After scouring the net for various Haitian recipes I decided to make Riz et Pois Rouges(Red Beans and Rice) and their Mango juice,my way ofcourse.Haitians normally eat their rice with a super spicy sauce called "Ti Malice(Tih Mah-liss)" that is made with tomatoes and Hot cherry peppers/Jalepenos. Love the name of that sauce, don't you? A very malicious sauce that will make you pay the following morning for indulging it. Get my drift? Lol. Well, I didn't get time to make it. So my rice is smothered with bottled hot sauce.
This makes its way to Joanne's Haiti Themed Regional Recipes Event and Legume Love Affair held @ Ruchika Cooks,brainchild of Susan, the well seasoned cook.
For the Mango Juice:
  • Frozen/Fresh Ripe Mango Chunks - 1 cup Or Sweetened Mango Pulp - 3/4 cup
  • Fresh/Carton Orange Juice - 1 cup
  • Carrot - 1, skinned and pressure cooked
  • Sugar - 1 tsp(optional)
  • Ice cubes - As needed
  • Puree all the above ingredients and consume immediately.
For the Red Beans and Rice:
  • Uncooked Basmati Rice - 1 cup
  • Red Beans - 1 cup, pressure cooked with salt
  • Clove - 2
  • Cinnamon Stick - 1
  • Onion - 1, small, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves
  • Green Squash - 1, diced (ham might be substituted instead)
  • Cracked Pepper and Crushed Red pepper flakes - for taste
  • Salt as needed
  • Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Clean the rice and soak it for 20 minutes in water.
  • In a deep saute pan, add the olive oil, garlic, clove, cinnamon stick and onions.Saute until the onions are translucent.
  • Drain the rice completely of water and add it to the pan. Fry until the rice is coated with oil.
  • Add the diced green squash and then sprinkle salt, pepper, pepper flakes and pour 21/2 cups of water.
  • Cook the rice for 7-8 minutes on low flame.
  • Add the cooked red beans and stir to incorporate.
  • Cook for 5 more minutes and sprinkle water if necessary.
  • Serve the hot rice with a little hot sauce or authentic made-from-scratch "Ti-Malice"
Makes 3 servings.

  • Be mindful of the salt as the Red beans is cooked with salt too.
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  1. Hi, meravigliosa e gustosa ricetta! Mi piace molto. Grazie della gentile visita, buon week end anche a te. Kisses

  2. Lovely and delicious the colour of juice!!

  3. I love the red bean rice...even I make it. but slightly differently! Yummy!

  4. Your dishes look so delicious and your photos are breathtaking.
    Wishing you a great weekend x

  5. I want to try it all. It looks so good. I love your presentation of the beans and rice. There are so many good hot sauces out there.

  6. Beautiful healthy rice and healthy drink... This both makes wonderful meal right ... Rice recipe I really love it dear.. wish to try soon....

  7. Hy Cool Lassi,

    I can't leave your page from the beautiful clicks and wonderful presentation....Awesome work dear.

  8. Wow flavor combination going on here with the juice and hot rice...both looks the beans rice with hot sauce :)

  9. Ohhw mango in any form is welcome here it too much..

    Kairali sisters

  10. The beans as well as the rice look fantastic.


  11. Looks very appetizing dear! Feel like grabbing some over the screen! hmmmm ;)

  12. Mango juice and red bean rice looks really yummy. I love anything with mango, red beans.

  13. Wonderful presentation! Beans rice with spicy sauce looks very tasty. And I love mango flavour so can you please pass me the glass :-)
    Hamaree Rasoi

  14. Thank you so much for these beautiful submissions! The mango drink sounds incredibly refreshing. And those beans - what a great photo! I've never seen red beans look so pretty before.

  15. Both the drink and the dish look delicious and they are so vividly colored! I would love to sit at a table with this meal. 8-)

  16. Such summery dishes, I can imagine eating that in the sunny courtyard! :)

  17. That mango juice looks so delicious! Mmm

  18. sorry for not commenting dear....not getting time at all for blogging...loved the colour of juice and rice....

  19. Looks beautiful and very appetizing :) I want to just grab that juice :)

  20. Beautiful dishes, that rice topped with hot sauce looks truly tempting and a refreshing drink...

  21. Hi am new to your space but am in love with your collection of recipes and gorgeous food photograpgy. very innovative and creative space you have created here.
    the mango juice looks so thick and creamy I want to have some right now for real.

  22. Beautiful, Love your Juice...lovely recipe..

  23. Lol! Awesome, looks great and wish you the best with all the entries

  24. excellent. love the color. wonderful snaps just love it. thankls for sharing the wonderful recipe.

  25. awesome pics and very colorful meal! loved reading about Haitian cuisine. hope your allergies are better now?

  26. Two wonderfully presented dishes.Nice pics.

  27. All the dishes looks delicious, colourful and gorgeous. Pictures are wonderful and tempting.

  28. @PJ: dear I am okay as long as I am inside the house. my allergy will continue for a few more weeks. tx for asking!

  29. மிகவும் வித்தியசமான புதிய உணவு...சூப்பர்ப்..பேரே வித்தியசமாக இருக்கின்றது...படங்கள் சூபப்ர்ப்...

  30. Lassie, my the fact that you are featuring foods from all over the globe...this is really awesome variety! the combo of the spicy rice with the cool juice sounds gr8!

  31. Wow! wonderful recipes..thanks for sharing these recipes..

  32. Looks simply superb! Loved reading about Haiti cuisines! And a delicious looking Mango drink with a great spicy meal! Lovely:)

  33. Great combo! The mango juice sounds absolutely delicious for a healthy breakfast drink.


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