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Garden vegetable stew

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This meal is a bit of a set and forget dish which frees you up while it is cooking. With an assortment of garden vegetables bathed in red wine and tomato puree it makes a rich and tasty dish which is soaked up by fragrant jasmine rice. We have put a guide of 1/2-1 cup of wine, adding the larger quantity strengthens the richness and boldness of the dish. Likewise if you prefer a more delicate taste add the lesser amount of wine.  

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion – peeled, rinsed, diced roughly
  • 1 large garlic – peeled, rinsed, crushed
  • 2 carrots – peeled, ends removed, washed, sliced in round 1/2cm / 0.2in wide
  • 2 zucchini – washed, ends removed, sliced in round 1/2cm / 0.2in wide
  • 2 small potatoes – peeled, washed, diced into small pieces
  • 1 red capsicum – washed, deseeded, sliced into 2cm / 0.8in squares
  • 1 green capsicum – washed, deseeded, sliced into 2cm / 0.8in squares
  • 1 cup of frozen peas – defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/21 cup red wine
  • 3 cups bottled puree tomatoes
  • 2 cups jasmine rice – rinsed, soaked, cooked to packet instructions

Directions

  1. Prepare the vegetables.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan on low heat.
  3. Add onion and garlic saute for 3 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. Add wine, mix and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add all the vegetables except the peas.  Mix well and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the puree tomatoes mix well.  Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil.
  7. Lower heat to low and cover, cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Prepare rice and be ready to cook rice to packet instructions when adding the peas to the stew.
  9. Add the peas to stew and mix well.  Cook a further 10 minutes covered. 
  10. Cook rice and drain well.  Note that when the rice is soaked prior to cooking, cooking time is reduced, so test the rice 6-7 minutes if boiling.
  11. Prepare plates by adding portion of rice and portion of stew on serving plates. Or serve stew and rice separately in large serving bowls.  

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