Smoky butter beans & greens

Smoky butter beans & greens

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(24 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
This reassuringly simple dish is packed full of wholesome, smoky flavours

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal321
  • fat11g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs51g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre5g
  • protein9g
  • salt0.67g
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  • 200g brown rice



    Rice is a grain, the seed of a type of grass, which is the most widely grown and the most…

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed or olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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  • 200g spring greens or chard (trimmed weight), washed and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
  • 400g can butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • natural yogurt, to serve (optional)


  1. Rinse the rice in cold running water until it runs clear. Bring a large pan of water to the boil, cook the rice for 20-25 mins, then drain.

  2. Place a wide, lidded pan over a medium heat with 2 tbsp oil. Add the greens, salt and pepper and cook, with the lid on, stirring frequently, until the greens are lightly steamed and wilted, about 4-5 mins. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, then add the butter beans and cook, stirring, until heated through. Add the remaining oil, then the cumin seeds and smoked paprika. Stir until evenly combined and serve over the cooked rice with a dollop of yogurt, if you like.

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18th Sep, 2010
Agree with the other comments that the recipe is a little dry. We added some lime juice and had plenty of yoghurt on the side. Overall a delicious combination of flavours which works really well with the butter beans and greens.
23rd Aug, 2010
I really loved this. I couldn't get smoked paprika, so just had regular and I was worried it would be lacking something but it was delicious.
13th Aug, 2010
Simple yes, but lacking in flavour even with the extra additions suggested by Gordy
19th Jul, 2010
Not very tasty.
26th Jun, 2010
The greens were tasty, but the dish is a bit dry. Even with yogurt.
2nd Jun, 2010
Difficult to see this serving four, unless you're looking for a very light meal. Suprisingly tasty, we used this to serve two (all the beans and greens but half the rice). We added a bit more cumin seed, a knife-tip of cayenne pepper with the paprika and a big squeeze of lemon at the end. The yogurt and the lemon makes a big difference.


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