Jambalaya is a cajun/creole dish with Spanish and French Origin. There is an interesting folklore w.r.t the name of this dish which I got to know from research on the net.
It goes like this
“A gentleman stopped by a New Orleans inn late one night to find nothing left for him to dine upon. The owner thereupon told the cook, whose name was Jean, to "mix some things together" --balayez, in the dialect of Louisiana -- so the grateful guest pronounced the dish of odds-and-ends wonderful and named it "Jean Balayez."

There are many variation to this dish both vegetarian and non-veggie and needless to say I have a vegetarian version. What I luv about this dish is that it allows you to include as many vegetables as you have in your Fridge. Indians make this a whole lot, only they call it vegetable pulao :).

There are 2 main styles of cooking Jambalaya – with tomatoes and with no tomatoes which is Cajun style. I was in my usual weekend fridge cleaning mood – so with tomatoes and other numerous veggies it was decided thus to make my version. Although, i dint think of including black beans which I later did on my hubby's insistence who kept saying that all the restaurants that he ever had it was with black beans! Oh well, dunno if its his black beans fetish or jus the fact, i was convinced thanks to the nutritional value that it had to offer.

Not only is this Healthy with lots of vegetables, its wholesome, all in one go meal with less effort for more benefit. It involves no processor, no grinding, no microwave and also I have a gas stove ( Phew! )so I am sending this as my entry to EC’s Powerless cooking event

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  • Serves: 4 people
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 galic cloves,minced
  • 3 spring onions, greens and whites chopped
  • 2 celery sticks,chopped in strips
  • 1 carrot,sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup of black beans, soaked overnight and par boiled
  • 1 bell pepper,chopped
  • 1/4 cup of cauliflower florets
  • 1/4 cup of fava beans ( i used frozen )
  • 1/4 cup of cut Okra ( I used frozen again )
  • 1/4 cup of cremini mushrooms
  • about 2 tbsp tomato paste/puree mixed with some vegetable stock or water.
  • 1 cup of long grained rice - Basmati - soaked in water for 15-30 min
  • Creole seasoning to taste [ in case U dont find any, use a blend of cayenne pepper,black pepper, dried thyme,dried basil,dried oregano leaves)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
1. 1. Heat some Olive oil. Add Chopped onions ,garlic, spring onion whites with bay leaf and stir for a min.
2. 2. Add carrots,bell pepper,celery,fava beans,cauliflower florets and mix well for 3-5 min.
3. 3. Add rice and saute it well till the rice gets slightly toasted.
4. 4. Add salt and the seasoning and stir well. 5. Add 1 cup of the stock or the tomato mixture. mix well and let the rice soak up some of the water.
5. 6. Then add the okra, mushrooms and the black beans. Mix and then add the remaining 1 cup of water/stock.
6. 7. Stir slightly and close the lid and let it cook for a while. Dont touch the rice at this point since it may get all mushy.
7. 8. Once all the water is cooked, slightly stir it , simmer it for a while and add the sping onion greens for garnish.

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By Dhivya Karthik on Nov 10, 2007

Thanks a lot Shanti :)

HI Sirisha, thank you..am still laughing away to glory at ur Halloween cooker post!

Hi Asha, I tried gumbo too..more like a stew..But my hubby has this mind set problem...He was like either its a sooup or its a sambar! So much for gumbo! :) :)

Thanks Siri :)

Thank u EC, for hosting such an innovative event..U sure made me work hard to come up with this one...U made me "think" girl ;-)

Thanks Kribha, am glad u liked it :)

Thanks Richa..sure u got the word..Wholesome :)

Thanks Nags - Ur event is making me break my head right now!!!! am still thinking..Hope shud have come with something bfore u start ur round up!! he he

Thank u sagari :)

Wow thank u madhu..making me Blush! < my hubby is surprised! >

Thank U Viji - Nothing beats ur presentation and culinary skills :)

Thanks Raks :)

Thanks Sia :)

Wow..that was a nice song..U have a audio clip with u singing it ? wud luv to hear that, next i make some :) I have no idea of the tune..but am humming it with my own. Gawd its sure infectious :)

Hi Rajitha...OH ya..I do that too and till date i dunno why! Ine fine day, i get to it..and again I dunno why! :)

HI Laavamya - I have no idea...as i said, I dint know if they used black beans in the first place..Hubby said it was black..and as i mentione din the post..dunno if it is the fact or that he merely wanted black beans! :)

Thanks Bee...:)

Thank U Cynthia :) am v v glad u liked it

By Cynthia on Nov 6, 2007

I like your jambalaya.

By bee on Nov 6, 2007

thanks for highlighting one of my favourite dishes.

By Laavanya on Nov 6, 2007

Jambalaya looks very good Dhivya. I must try it soon. I'm all for one pot meals but my husband can be a bit picky with some. Thanks for a veggie version of this favorite.. do they not have red beans usually?

By Rajitha on Nov 6, 2007

dhivya..love it..have always wanted to make this one too..but postpone it..for really no reason :)

By Saju on Nov 6, 2007

you have got me singing now!
Well, Jambalaya, crawfish pie, fillet gumbo
'Cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cheramio
great recipe. thanks for sharing.
will someone get this song out of my head!

By Sia on Nov 6, 2007

one pot meals are always welcomed :) ur step by step pics make it more appealing dhivya.

By RAKS KITCHEN on Nov 6, 2007

Looks great and nice precentation and pictures...!!!!
Nice entry for the event;)

By Vcuisine on Nov 6, 2007

Dhivya, very interesting to know this recipe with your step by step presentation, it look awesome. Tks for sharing. Viji

By Madhu on Nov 5, 2007

I like one pot dishes but never have tried making jambalaya. Nice recepi and presentation as always.

By sagari on Nov 5, 2007

yummy and beautiful dish

By Nags on Nov 5, 2007

lovely :)

By Richa on Nov 5, 2007

looks very nice n colorful! adding black beans makes it so wholesome :)

By Kribha on Nov 5, 2007

Your dish looks beautiful. Nice variation from the normal biryanis and pulavs.

By easycrafts on Nov 5, 2007

I loved your entry...a complete meal indeed...thanks for sending it to my event

By Siri on Nov 5, 2007

ur Jambalaya is lovely dhivya.. great entry..:)

By Asha on Nov 5, 2007

Great entry D. Gumbo is lot liquidy usually but rice does absorb a lot after sometime. Love the non-veg version too, my fave dish to eat in New Orleans!:))

By Sirisha Kilambi on Nov 5, 2007

Nice looking dish Dhivya....YUM :-))Loved all the photos :-)

By SHANTI BHANU on Nov 5, 2007

hi ur presentation is too god...nice recipe