Coconut Curry Rice with Garbanzos

Where can you get free internet in Vilca, you ask? The Meditation Center, where you come for meditation, tai chi, yoga and sweat lodge. Agave Blu, where you can watch a Fri. movie for free in English. Falafel Org. And you can sit in th pretty garden and be relatively alone. Layseca’s where you can hear Arturo sing with his  beautiful voice and eat the best gringo ice cream in town, I’m told. Probably more. But you should order something to support the business, at least a juice.

Recipe of the Day :  Coconut Curry Rice with Garbanzos


1 1/2 c. brown rice

1 c. cooked garbanzos
1  c. coconut milk
1/2 c. coconut water
1 T. coconut oil
1/4 tsp. salt

2 T. coconut oil
2 green onions, trimmed + sliced
1/2 red pepper, sliced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp.  pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
2 T. red curry pastE
2 c. coconut milk
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
1/4 c. freshly torn cilantro

Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add rice, coconut milk, coconut water and salt. Stir, then bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and let cook for 40-45 minutes, until liquid is absorbed. Fluff with a fork, then stir in coconut oil and garbanzos.

While the rice is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the coconut oil. Stir in the green onions,, red peppers, salt and pepper and stir to toss. Cover and cook until the vegetables have slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Add in the garlic, ginger and curry paste and stir to coat. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in  coconut milk. Increase heat and bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas and cilantro and cook for 5 minutes more. Taste and season additionally if desired. Serve immediately with the coconut rice!

Word of the Day – arroz – rice

Tip if the Day – Always support the business by at least ordering a cup of tea, when using the internet. A fresh juice is still and only $1 in most places!

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