Many Jamaicans refer to kidney beans as “peas,” so don’t let the title of this dish fool you. This is a classic Jamaican dish and it is low in fat and high in fiber, protein, and calcium. Rice and Peas is the main dish in Jamaica it is served in almost every meal, from Curry Goat to Jerk meat. Bring some real authentic Jamaican spicy flavours to your home, try our Rice and Peas recipe today!
Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe
3 Scallion (can be replaced with spring onions)
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (can be replaced with a jalapeno pepper)
1 cup (or tin) of coconut milk
1 teaspoon of salt
1 can of tinned or 1 cup of fresh red peas (either kidney beans or pigeon peas)
5 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
3 cups of rice
2 sprigs of fresh thyme (can be replaced with two teaspoons of dried thyme)
1. Wash the peas: When using fresh peas wash these
2. Soak the peas: Pour on three cups of water and leave to soak overnight (nb – this is not necessary when using tinned peas)
3. Crush the garlic: Crush the garlic and add it to seven cups of boiling water
4. Add the garlic to the pot
5. Boil the peas and garlic: If you are using fresh peas you can add them now and boil them for 45 minutes.
6. Test to see if the the peas are cooked: You can test to see if the peas are cooked by crushing them against the lid of the pot. (When crushed easily, they are ready for the next step)
NB – If you are using tinned peas jest add them to the pot and move straight on to the next step.
7. Add the coconut milk, black pepper, rice, salt, and thyme to the mix.
8. Crush the scallion (do not chop) and add this.
9. Also add the whole scotch bonnet pepper, and make sure it stays whole. As long as the pepper is whole it will only give a subtle peppery flavour to the pot.
10. Cook The Rice and Peas: Cooking will take about 40 minutes (precise cooking time will depend on the type of rice used).
Try combining this recipe for Rice and Peas with our recipe for Curry Goat! Bon Appetite!
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