Mediterranean Spiced Rice With Black Beans & Chickpeas

Spice up your day with our recipe for Mediterranean Spiced Rice with Black Beans & Chickpeas. This recipe creates a fabulous one-pot meal in no time! We love that it is packed with both healthy ingredients and wonderful, full-bodied flavor. This recipe also makes a big batch. You may even have leftovers, which will make a great warming lunch.



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Mediterranean Spiced Rice With Black Beans & Chickpeas

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 197 kcal


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sumac (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 can (30 oz) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (30 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped (set aside a few sprigs unchopped for garnish)
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • 1 tomato, chopped or cut into thin slices
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, and cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in rice, salt, cumin, sumac (optional), turmeric, paprika and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir 5 minutes, then pour in chicken stock.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Gently mix chick peas, black beans, parsley, and lemon juice into the cooked rice.
  • Cook another 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Garnish with whole parsley leaves, tomatoes, a dollop of Greek yogurt and scallions.


Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 160mgPotassium: 317mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 878IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 2mg
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About the Author: Christine Kenneally
Christine is the Wellness Coordinator for Mediterranean Living and is very happy to be involved in the development and growth of this organization. She has many years of experience in non-profit program management and arts education administration, most recently working at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program. She has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Siena College. In addition to playing an active role in the vision behind Mediterranean Living and it's many projects, Christine likes to break glass and tile up into tiny pieces and arrange them into patterns, creating fine art and architectural installations. She teaches workshops in the art of mosaics, does public and private commissions and exhibits her work. She is also married to Bill Bradley.


  1. Troy October 25, 2020 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Just made this and the family really loved. Followed the seasonings exactly but tossed in some red onion and artichoke hearts that I had.

  2. Tina January 9, 2019 at 12:39 am - Reply

    So good! Followed recipe with minor tweeks.

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