One Pan Turmeric Rice and Beans

  • Author: Just Easy Recipes
  • Prep Time: 5 Mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 2 for Mains 1x


A delicious vegan dish that could be used as a main meal or as a side dish to to a meaty meal. Either way, it tastes delicious and cooks in under 30 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons sunflower/olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3/4 cup rice (I used Basmati Rice)
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 1/2 cups water (for the rice) and 1/2 cup water (for the spinach – added later)
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice
  • freshly ground black pepper

Optional extras:
Add raisins
Add nuts
Add sliced spring onions
Add Diced tomato


  1. In a medium sized pan, heat the oil and cook the onions until beautifully caramelised.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes or so. 
  3. Add the rice, turmeric, cumin, ground coriander, salt, bay leaves and 2 1/2 cups water. Allow to simmer until most of the water has reduced and the rice is soft.
  4. Add the spinach and the remaining 1/2 cup water, cover the pan with a lid or plate and simmer ever so gently for 2-3 minutes to allow the spinach to wilt.
  5. Now mix the spinach through the rice to combine well.
  6. Stir in the red kidney beans and the lime/lemon juice. Add some freshly cracked black pepper as well as salt if needed. Throw on any or all of the optional extras and enjoy!