Jamaican & British Vegan Cookery

Rice & Peas 

 This is a really lovely side dish and is one of the most famous dishes that Jamaica is known for. This is traditionally eaten at weekends as a special meal …. Well actually part of a meal to be exact.

What I love about this is that it is naturally vegan and tastes sooo good. Try not to use the tinned kidney beans as it just won’t taste as good 

I have been eating this since I was a child and it’s one of the first things I learnt to cook. If you can use fresh coconut milk it will give it a really wonderful taste. 

So find your inner Jamaican this week and try out some rice and peas ?✨?
 
Ingredients

2 lbs or 900 g rice

½ pint red peas or kidney beans(soaked over night or cook in a pressure cooker) 

1 large coconut or tin coconut cream

1 clove garlic

4 scallions or green onions

2 sprigs thyme

½ tbsp black pepper

4 pints or 2.3 ltr hot water

Salt to taste

1 whole green bell pepper

Preparation

• Cook peas over high heat until they are soft and tender.  

• Grate coconut and use the hot water to extract milk through sieve. Add coconut milk or cream to almost cooked peas.  

• Cook for 10 minutes then add rice, bell pepper, thyme, scallion, black pepper salt and garlic.  

• Allow to cook for twenty minutes or until rice is tender.

 

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