Thursday, 6 January 2011

Vegetable Chilli Pot

Sunshine in a bowl
A bowl of 'vegetable chilli' can only cheer you up when outside it is grey, slushy and blowy – literally.

A little while ago, Polly informed me that she was going to be celebrating a year and four months of turning vegetarian. Well like a friend invited to a party, instead of taking along a bottle of bubbly to celebrate, I shared a pot of Vegetable Chilli.

Like me Polly is a huge fan of the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - its a movie like Chocolat and Amelie that just takes me to a happy place when I am feeling sad or just low. To read more Polly and this hearty and spicy recipe please visit The Littlest Polly where I have written a guest post, I know she will be delighted to hear from you.
Vegetable Chilli Pot
Serves 4 – 6
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, finely sliced
3 – 4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon oregano
2 - 3 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 teaspoon unsmoked paprika
1 x 400g can tomatoes, chopped
300g Chantenay or baby carrots, whole and unpeeled
250g chestnut mushrooms, chopped in half if large
150g sweetcorn, frozen or canned
2 cans mixed beans, drained and rinsed
400ml boiling water
To serve
Fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
Soured cream or cheddar cheese, grated
In a large pan with a lid, heat he oil and then fry the onion with the garlic until soft. Add the spices and dry fry for a couple of minutes or until the spice aroma arises from the pan. Then add in the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes for the flavours to mingle. Add the carrots, mushrooms, beans and sweetcorn and water and bring to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for around 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Check after 15 minutes or so if the sauce is a little thin uncover for the remaining cooking time to thicken.


  1. I just had to say that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite movies! Oh and the chili looks good too!

  2. Mangocheeks! This chili is totally sunshine in a bowl. It makes me smile... Those carrots look just like the ones that bugs bunny would eat.

  3. This and the previous couscous are great recipes.

  4. This meal looks so coourful and sunny! And I love Amélie and Chocolat! The blog "The Littlest Polly" is wonderful!

  5. I couldn't agree more about chili - it's one of my favorite comfort foods. I always include celery, carrots, green peppers, kidney beans and corn in mine. I've never tried mushrooms but I love this idea. And your presentation is so cute!

  6. What a lovely looking pot of Chilli!
    I agree with you, films like Amelie & Chocolat lift my spirits like nothing else :)
    January always seems to go on forever. At least in february you can start sowing tomato & chilli seeds, make gardening plans & think about how it's almost March, but january always seems to outstay its welcome.
    Hope you're keeping warm & well, dear friend.

  7. What a perfect winter dish!
    I am a fan of Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind too!

  8. I love how beautifully the food is always arranged on your blog. I'm definitely going to try making this this weekend. Inspired as I am by your carrot star..

  9. I love chili, especially as a vegetarian! Great recipe :)

  10. Thank you Katrina!

    Thank you so much Roxan.
    I so agree Bugs Bunny would Adore these Chantenay carrots. They have real crunch.

    Oh that so kind of you Rosaria.
    Thank you.

    Thanks LeLa.
    Ah I am not surprised to read that you like Amelie and Chocolat! Yipee. So pleased you like the blog "The Littlest Polly" too!

    Thank you so much Monica.
    So intersted to read what you put into your chili recipe. I've been trying out so many different variations out lately, includign a white chilli bean. The mushrooms were okay, bit I think I prefer chilli without them.

  11. Thank you so much littleblackfox.
    You don't know how delighted I am to read that the films Amelie & Chocolat lift your spirits too :)

    You are so right about January. I hate to sa it as it sounds lie I am wishing my life away, but I cannot wait for it to be mid February.
    Partly because you can start sowing some seeds and partly the mood of people suddenley changes.
    But right now, January to me feels like it is dragging. As you know, I am Trying hard to keep my spirits high with hope for that little bit of ray of light, maybe it will come through x

    Thank you so much spécialiste de l'éphémère.
    Nice to read that your a fan of Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind too!

    Thank you so much beesmakethehoney.
    I have to present the food in such a manner as it is one way readers who pass by stop to read :), but I am always humbled when regular readers comment too - So Thank you to you, I truly appreciate your wonderful comment.

    Please let me know how you find it. Just make sure the carrots are tender - some people don't liuke too much raw crunch - I do though.

    Thank you so much Kate :)

  12. Here's another chili combo to blow your mind: black beans and sweet potatoes. Recipe at the bottom of this post:


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