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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Something completely different: a vegan chilli recipe.

A few people have requested that we post the vegan chilli recipe from Come Dine with Femsoc. So, here it is, reverse engineered from a favourite shop mix with vegan ingredients substituted and everything!! This makes A LOT (recipe estimated 8-10 - it would be a HUNGRY 8-10) - quantities at the event were halved.

Femsoc are hoping to hold a session about feminism and vegetarianism next academic year, so keep your eyes peeled. One key text on the subject, if you're super keen, is Carol J. Adams' The Sexual Politics of Meat.

Chilli Recipe

The chilli spice mix (see extra recipe below!)
4-5 cans beans (assorted, mainly kidney, some black beans)
4 (Largish) Sweet Potatoes (chopped to 1 - 1.5cm cubes, ish)
4 bell peppers (2 red, 2 green works well, but it's pretty arbitrary)
3 Onions (Chopped)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
2 cans chopped tomatoes (maybe 3 - have one spare)
2 cans plum tomatoes
1 can/tube tomato puree
"Some" Jalopenos or Chillis - chopped
"Enough" Basmati rice

Chilli spice Mix (Dry bits)
30g Cornflour
5.25 tsp Onion Powder
4.75 tsp Paprika
1.75 tsp Salt
3 tsp Garlic Powder
2 tsp Sugar
8g Avocado (mashed.  I actually used a bit more than this.)
2.5 tsp Wheat Flour
1.5 tsp Cumin
2.5 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Black Pepper

Chill Mix (Wet / Gooey bits)
1.5 tsp Wine Vinegar / Balsamic
30g Tomato Puree
1.5 tsp Vegemite / Marmite (I actually added a bit more than this whilst cooking)
0.75 pints water

How to make it:
0) Chop stuff that needs chopping
1) Prepare the mix and then set it aside:
a) Combine dry chilli mix ingredients
b) Mix in with the 0.75 of a pint of water (ish)
c) Mix in wet chilli mix ingredients
d) set aside until (5)
2) Mix the beans, separate a quarter of them to use in (3).
3) Start frying the following on a high heat:
* the sweet potato (fry this for a bit before adding the rest)
* about 1/2 of the onion, 
* the separated 1/4 of the beans
4) When the onions are softened, throw in the pre-prepared chilli mix from (1)
5) Throw in about half of the tomatoes
6) Gradually throw in everthing else.
7) Keep on a high heat for a bit, then turn down and hold on low heat until deemed nearly ready.
7a) Throw in extra paprika, cumin, chilli powder (and/or tabasco) to bolster the spices as required.
8) Cook enough rice for the people who are going to be eating chilli.
9) Serve & Devour

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