Vegan Dirty Rice {Gluten-Free}

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Dirty rice or also called cajun rice is a traditional south Louisiana specialty dish. Authentic dirty rice is made with meat and chicken livers and is served as a side dish. In this vegan recipe, I used tofu which is cooked in a spicy most flavourful sauce and then mixed with the rice which is cooked in a broth. This is a simple rice dish with a lot of spice made in less than 30 minutes. Steamed collards or simply roasted butternut squash go especially well with this Louisiana dish

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free long grain rice, rinsed well
  • 3 1/2 cups GF vegetable broth, divided
  • 3 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 GF dried bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt, divided
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, diced
  • 1 orange or red bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or minced
  • 2 tsp. GF paprika
  • 2 tsp. GF dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. GF dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. GF dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. GF ground black pepper
  • Pinch of GF cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 12 oz. organic extra firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes or roughly chopped
  • Instructions

  • Add rice, 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth, 1 tablespoon olive oil, bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon salt into a medium saucepan. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 - 20 minutes until rice is tender. Remove bay leaf and fluff with a fork
  • While the rice is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons of olive over medium heat, add onions, celery and bell pepper and sauté for 5 - 7 minutes until soft. Stir in garlic, spices and salt until combined. Add remaining cup of broth and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes
  • Add tofu and mix until well coated with the sauce. Cook until heated through, about 5 minutes, then add the rice and mix until combined


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