Curried Red Beans

Curried Red Beans + Turmeric Rice [+VIDEO]

Maharagwe Ya Nazi
The Palace International- Maharagwe Ya Nazi

Okay, so lately I’ve been on this whole “minimize the grocery bill” kick. I’ve been building meals around the items that I currently have in the fridge and pantry to help inspire the grocery list. These curried red beans and turmeric rice are a perfect example. In my pantry I noticed that I had 1 can of red beans, some rice, and a bunch of spices. After thinking about what kind of beans and rice dish I could make, I immediately thought of the Maharagwe Ya Nazi from The Palace International. This is one of my favorite spots to visit for lunch or dinner. Everything is always seasoned just right and it’s so filling! Plus the vegan options are clearly labeled. Doesn’t get much better than this, folks!

While I was inspired by the Maharagwe Ya Nazi, this dish isn’t exactly like that. The Palace International cuisine is more South African. I chose to give this dish a Jamaican vibe using a Jamaican curry blend. I also chose to add in some turmeric rice (like the dish from The Palace- read more about Turmeric here) and something green which was broccoli in this case.

The only thing I had to purchase from the grocery store was an extra can of beans, some coconut milk, a plantain, and veggie broth (I was running low). Everything else I already had! The onion I used was leftover from my Hungry Harvest Box, which was perfect timing!

Curried Red Beans

I always have a bag of rice on hand and the other ingredients were mainly spices. Most of which you probably already have. Do you see what I mean by creating meals around items you already have? For this meal, I probably spent about $5.50, which is $1.38 per serving! WOW! Just imagine what your grocery bill could look like if you did this every week for every meal!

Curried Red Beans

The cool thing about this Curried Red Beans dish is that the items I had to buy like the coconut milk and veggie broth were items that would last beyond this one meal. So even though I bought them for this dish, I could use the remaining coconut milk for a smoothie, and the veggie broth for another meal later in the week.

Without a doubt, there will be some grocery trips where you’ll spend a little more than you want because you need to replenish the basics. For me, this happened last week. I was all out of almond milk, bread, and frozen veggies!

Curried Red Beans

So I ended up spending about $40 for the week, which still isn’t too bad considering I used to spend $75-$80 at minimum. This particular trip I spent about $21 for the week, which included items for other meals too. I’ve come a long way, y’all!

So if you’re like me and you’re trying to cut back in your budget, try choosing areas where you actually have some flexibility. For me, this was our grocery bill. Every week our fresh veggies were going bad before we would have a chance to use them and I felt like I was throwing money down the drain. Trust me, once you start throwing out half containers of fresh fruits, you’ll understand. So here’s what you do:

Curried Red Beans
  • Take inventory of your pantry and fridge
  • Pick out components that could serve as the main components of your meal (ex: rice and beans)
  • Think of how you’d like to cook them (ex: curried beans + turmeric rice)
  • Think about what additional things you’ll need to enhance them and add them to your grocery list (ex: coconut milk, veggie broth)
  • Visit the grocery store and buy those items ONLY
  • Cook the meal
  • Go to sleep feelin’ like a BOSS who just spent a fraction of their normal grocery bill!

These curried red beans are comfort food at it’s finest! The turmeric rice is simple, but makes for a great pairing with the beans. Get fancy like I did and add in some plantains! Guaranteed to have you floating on a cloud! I can’t wait for you to try these Curried Red Beans and turmeric rice! I know you’ll love it! When you do, let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Curried Red Beans + Turmeric Rice [+VIDEO]

A creamy and delicious stove top curried red beans with turmeric rice meal made with coconut milk and a few simple ingredients.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Jamaican
Keyword Beans, Rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4


Curried Red Beans

Turmeric Rice


Curried Red Beans

  • Sauté garlic and onion in a large pan (with oil or water) until fragrant.
    1/2 white onion, 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Add in coconut milk, broth, and red beans. Stir to combine.
    1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 cup vegetable broth, 2 cans red beans
  • Stir in remaining seasonings and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and stir consistently to avoid sticking.
    1 tsp thyme, 1 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp Jamaican curry powder
  • Add in cornstarch and water mixture a little at a time to reach desired consistency (whole mixture will likely not be necessary). Remove from heat and enjoy!
    1 tbsp cornstarch + 1 tbsp water mixed

Turmeric Rice

  • Add all ingredients to a pot, cover, and bring to a boil.
    1 tbsp olive oil, 1 cup rice, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 cup water, salt+pepper to taste
  • Once a boil has been reached, reduce to a simmer and stir. Add in additional water or broth in 1/2 cup increments as necessary if rice is not yet cooked.
  • Once done, remove from heat and serve!



  1. 5 stars
    I made the curried red beans & Turmeric rice for dinner tonight, and like your other recipes this one did not disappoint. I did not have any yellow rice on hand so I subbed it out for what I did have which actually ended up being a healthier choice- red quinoa. The remainder of the ingredients and recipe I followed to a “T.” My husband and myself both greatly enjoyed how everything turned out, and I think moving forward I will begin preparing my quinoa, as turmeric quinoa- more flavorful that just regular, plain quinoa.

  2. I made this recipe a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with it! The beans are so flavorful and unique. I made my own Jamaican curry powder so I have lots on hand for round two!
    Definitely give this recipe a try!!

  3. 5 stars
    I can’t remember the first time I made this recipe, lol, but I’ve made it plenty of times since then! It’s easily one of my favorite dishes to make! I also pair it with different food for my kid! In his words “it’s super good” lol!

  4. This was delicious simple and a great food meal prep can’t wait to eat it again thank you!

  5. Hey! How do you cook the plantains?

  6. Thank you 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    By the comments, seems that I’m way behind but I’m so happy that I jumped onboard! This is amazing! Quick & perfect for meal prep. Nice little kick & very flavorful!

  8. Linda Wilson

    5 stars
    I just made your delectible recipe this evening, and my husband and his friend, who happens to be from Zimbabwe and uses a lot of curry in his cooking, said it was delicious. Unfortunately, I am unable to taste it because I am on a 28-day fruit and veggie detox! But, the men are raving about it, so I am giving it 5 stars! The next time I make it, I’ll be very excited to actually taste it – lol. 🙂 Thank you so much for a quick and deliciously smelling dish.

    Disclaimer: I used black beans and they loved it anyway!

    • Linda, thanks so much for giving this recipe a try! I’m so glad your husband and his friend enjoyed it! Hoping next time you make it you can taste it too! 🙂

  9. Laura St. John

    4 stars
    Made this tonight..added kale to the beans as they simmered. Absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  10. 5 stars
    I made these two recipes which were easy and quick! I tasted them separately and then I mixed them together and it was a good thing. 😉 Thank you! I will be making them again 🙂

  11. 5 stars
    I made these two recipes which were easy and quick! I tasted them separately and then I mixed them together and it was a good thing. 😉 Thank you! I will be making them again 🙂

  12. Anyone make this using an InstantPot?

  13. Sarah Paredes

    5 stars
    Making this for the 3rd time! I love it.

  14. 5 stars
    Delicious ❤️ Do ‘t use to much Thyme though.

  15. 5 stars
    Delicious 👍

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