Dill & Mustard Black Bean Rice Cakes

photo of black bean and rice cakes with pico de gallo with text that reads dill mustard black bean ricce cake

Join In Another Cooking Challenge!

It’s cooking challenge time! If this is your first one, here’s how it works. This is a game I play at home, and it’s been a fun way to learn and create new recipes. I draw 3-4 cards made by my kids, and I need to incorporate them into one meal. They can be different components of the meal, but they have to work together somehow.

text reads cooking challenge, tomato, rice, butter, sautéed

The prompts for this challenge were tomato, rice, bitter, sautéed. Follow along with this recipe or create something of your own.

This recipe is part one of the tomato, rice, bitter, sautéed challenge. Join me in part 2 here.

The Story Behind this Recipe

We’ve been making a lot of black bean burgers and meatballs, so when I drew the cards for this challenge, a black bean and rice cake was the first thing to come to mind. The bitter, however, had me stumped. I don’t automatically think of adding a bitter component to my dishes, but it’s part of the complexity of flavors we can use to make a dish. And they offer unique health benefits.

Before I whip out the mixing bowls, I like to do a little research of flavor pairings and common techniques. Some of the bitter foods that stood out as a good match with tomatoes and black beans were dill weed, mustard seed, vinegar, and green onions. I hadn’t cooked with green onion in a long time, and it was actually this challenge that brought it back into my regular rotation.

If you’re feeling stumped by bitter too, Healthline’s overview on bitter ingredients is a great starting point.

Lessons Learned

Before we go farther, I want to share a few lessons learned from this challenge:

  • Let the oven do the work. Outside of this challenge, I’ve found its easier to bake black bean burgers and rice cakes.
  • Adding an extra egg can help the rice cakes stay together.
  • Don’t be afraid to really press your rice cakes into shape before cooking them. This helps them stick together.
  • Heat your pan, then heat your oil, and then add your cakes. This helps prevent them from sticking.

Equipment & Ingredients

(Hop down to the recipe for exact amounts)

  • Equipment: food processor, cheese grater, mixing bowl, cast iron skillet, griddle, or pan of choice.
  • Dry ingredients: ground oats
  • Wet ingredients: cooked black beans, green onion, egg, rice vinegar, dill weed, mustard seed, salt, pepper, cooked rice*
  • Add-Ins: shredded cheese, cooked rice*

*You’ll use a portion of your rice in your wet ingredient mixture and add the remaining rice with your shredded cheese. You can also add all of your rice with the wet mixture for a smoother texture.

Video Overview

Start with Dry Ingredients

photo of a mixing bowl with ground oats inside

Blend oats in food processor to create a course flour. Pour in mixing bowl and set aside.

Prepare Wet Ingredients

photo of a mixing bowl with ground oats topped with mashed black beans

Blend wet ingredients in food processor to form a smooth paste.

Pour wet ingredient mixture over ground oats in mixing bowl and set aside.

Add-Ins

a photograph of a mixing bowl with rice and shredded cheese inside

Finally, you’ll add your remaining rice and shredded cheese to your mixing bowl

image of a mixing bowl with black beans, rice, and spices mixed together

Mix well until ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Cook Your Cakes

photo of 4 black bean and rice cakes placed on an oiled cast iron skillet

Shape your rice cake mixture into patties about 2.5 inches across. Don’t be afraid to really press them together.

Heat your cast iron skillet or pan 2-3 minutes before adding oil. Use enough olive oil or cooking oil of choice to cook your rice cakes.

Heat oil, then add rice cakes.

photo of 4 cooked black bean and rice cakes on a cast iron skillet

Cook until rice cakes are turning brown underneath.

Flip and cook the other side.

photo of a black bean and rice cake on a spatula with a cast iron skillet in the background

Cook rice cakes until both sides have developed a golden brown crust.

Enjoy!

And that’s it!

Serve your rice cakes like a burger or on their own. Pair with dill and green onion pico de gallo (part 2 of this challenge), salsa, ketchup, mustard, or other toppings of choice.

photograph of two black bean and rice cakes with pico de gallo on the side

Dill & Mustard Black Bean Rice Cake

Serve this black bean and rice pattie as a burger or as is. Top with pico de gallo, salsa, ketchup, mustard, or other condiment of choice.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 7
Calories 338 kcal

Equipment

  • food processor
  • cheese grater
  • mixing bowl
  • skillet

Ingredients
  

Dry Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup oats ground

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp dill weed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked rice

Add Ins:

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1.5 cup shredded cheese white cheddar shown here

Instructions
 

  • Grind oats in a blender or food processor. Pour ground oats into a mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Next add wet ingredients to food processor and blend into a smooth paste.
  • Pour wet ingredient mixture over oats in mixing bowl.
  • Add shredded cheese and remaining rice to the mixing bowl.
  • Mix well until ingredients are fully combined.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add olive oil to skillet and heat oil until shimmering.
  • Shape your rice cake mixture into 2.5-inch patties and place on the skillet. Make your patties as compact as possible to help them hold together during cooking.
  • Cook patties until brown underneath.
  • Flip and cook the other side.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container for 3-5 days.
  • Serving suggestion: serve with dill and green onion pico de gallo.

Video

Keyword Black Beans, Cooking Challenge, Rice

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 2 patties

Total Servings: 7

Calories 338
Total Fat 9.7g
Saturated Fat 5.5g
Cholesterol 49mg
Sodium 330mg
Total Carbohydrate 49.2g
Dietary Fiber 1.8g
Total Sugars 0.4g
Protein 12g
Vitamin D 5mcg
Calcium 208mg
Iron 1mg
Potassium 149m

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