Spicy Soya Chilli

V Spicy, V Nicey

125g Soya mince

375 ml Stock (chicken or vegetable)

800 g Chopped tomatoes

400 g Kidney or cannellini beans

1 Onion

1 Clove garlic

1 Chilli

1/2 Red pepper

Tomato puree (a squirt!)

Celery salt, mustard seeds, ground cumin, thyme, oregano – all to taste

Chilli powder

Smoked paprika


Feta (optional) and spring onions to garnish

Olive oil

Spinach (to serve)

First soak the soya mince in the stock, adding a tablespoon of olive oil. Leave for as long as you can to absorb all the water. In a large saucepan gently soften the onion, chilli, red pepper and garlic. Add the soya mince and chopped tomatoes. Bring to the boil then turn down to simmer. Add the beans and then add all the spices – adjusting quantities to taste, season with a good amount of fresh black pepper and some Himalayan rock salt.  You may need to add a little water if it’s too dry. Allow all this to simmer very gently for as long as you possibly can! The longer it cooks for the better it will be as it gives the tomatoes a chance to really cook properly and lose their acidity.  Once the beans are cooked through and it’s been simmering away for as long as you could leave it for, serve. I like to serve it on a bed of spinach, sprinkled with some feta cheese and finely chopped spring onions ( you could also add a dollop of live yoghurt).

This should serve 2 – 3 people.

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