Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Smoky paprika risotto with chickpeas (and giveaway winner)

I was recently pleased to pick up some liquid smoke in the supermarket. I haven't cooked with it since we moved to the UK and have missed the option of smoky, South American style dishes. Mr Bite was less pleased as he is not a big fan of liquid smoke flavoured meals. However, sometimes I exercise the cook's prerogative and serve them to him anyway...

It is perhaps not very surprising that where I loved this dish, he just tolerated it. I am posting it anyway because I am confident that in this instance, his lukewarm attitude stems from his dislike of the ingredients. If you are kind, you probably won't give this to someone who isn't a big fan of liquid smoke or chickpeas. For everyone else - I am certain it will be enjoyable!

In fairness, I don't think the smoky flavours were strong in this, but liquid smoke does have a distinctive flavour. You will know it is there. Paprika and lemon juice round out the flavour profile and I also added tomato salsa, which may sound a little odd, but in a small dose worked well to complement the smoky tones. If you don't have any or don't tend to buy it, tomato pickle or a mix of tomato paste, extra water and a dash of sweetness (sugar, maple syrup or equivalent) would achieve the same result.

All in all, I really did like this a lot. I also enjoyed it hot and cold, so you are covered for leftovers and for different seasons.

Smoky paprika risotto with chickpeas
A comforting dish for 4
Vegan, low in fat

Author: Bite-sized thoughts

1-1/4 cups uncooked rice, preferably short grain
2-1/2 cups vegetable stock
1 brown onion, diced
2 cups small peppers or 2 large bell peppers, chopped
2 medium carrots, diced
1 tbsp paprika
Pinch salt
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup tomato salsa or tomato-based pickle, OR, 1 tbsp tomato paste + 1 tbsp water + 1 tsp sweetener of choice
1-1/2 cups cooked chickpeas

Combine the rice and stock in a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to simmering point and simmer, covered, for approximately 12 minutes (or to pack instructions if markedly different).

Whilst the rice is cooking, saute the onion in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, with oil if needed. When browned, add the pepper, carrots, paprika, salt, liquid smoke and lemon juice. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until the rice is just cooked through (5-10 minutes).

Add the vegetables, salsa and chickpeas to the rice. Stir through and then leave over low heat, uncovered and stirring regularly, for a further 10 - 20 minutes. 

Are you a fan of liquid smoke?

I am delighted to announce that the randomly chosen winner of Lani Muelrath's Plant-Based Journey is Terri Cole. Congratulations Terri - I will be in touch by email.


  1. LOL!
    I will have to learn to use that line on Mr GG... "it's the cooks prerogative :P"
    The dish looks great though, I'm sure hubby would have loved it :)
    Thanks for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

    1. Your husband may not welcome my influence :P

  2. As soon as I see "smoky" I am pretty sure I will love it - Poor Mr Bite - I tell Sylvia she needs to taste things 20 times to see if she really likes it - wonder if this applies to adults (I was not impressed with smoked paprika first time I used it and now I am addicted)

    1. I'll let Mr B know he has a few more tries ahead of him :D

      I do always think of you when I make anything smoky or paprika-y!

  3. I'm a fan of anything smoky so I'm sure I'd love this :)

  4. I'm sure this is amazing, liquid smoke adds such a great flavor! And you can't go wrong with anything rice and chickpeas.

  5. Oh I love liquid smoke. This dish has everything I love in it. I bet the leftovers would make amazing arancini balls too!! The chickpeas are a genius risotto addition.

    1. Thanks Lisa and I love your idea arancini balls! I'll have to make it again :D

  6. I love anything smoky and I would happily put paprika in all of my meals to add lots of extra flavour. My husband isn't a huge fan of paprika though.

  7. I LOVE liquid smoke. Fortunately my hubby does too. I guess I'm lucky that way. We would both really enjoy this meal =)


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