This easy to follow recipe will have you cooking like a Jamaican in no time flat. If you're a Jamaican, you better know how to cook rice and peas.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Calories 476 kcal
2 cups long grain white rice (brown rice can be substituted)
3/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
3 stalks scallions (AKA green onions)
1 clove garlic chopped
1 whole scotch bonnet pepper (AKA habanero) chopped
1 3/4 cups dried kidney beans canned kidney beans can be used as a substitute
2 springs thyme dried
1/2 tbs black pepper
1/2 tbs salt
7 whole allspice seeds (AKA pimento seeds)
The first thing you must do if you're using dried kidney beans is to make sure you soak them overnight in a bowl of water. This softens the texture of the beans. I prefer dried beans, but you can use the canned kidney beans instead. Drain the water from the beans and rinse thoroughly with water.
Place your beans in a medium saucepan, add about 3 cups of water and boil for about 1 hr under a medium flame. Your beans should now be tender (test by sticking a fork into one of them).
While your beans are simmering, you can now add your unsweetened coconut milk, and stir for about 5 minutes.
Then you add your chopped garlic, scallions (green onions), thyme, allspice seeds and scotch bonnet pepper.
Add your salt and pepper to the mix
Stir under a medium-high flame for about 5 minutes or so. Then you can add your rice and cook until the rice is cooked and fluffy, which takes about ½ hr to 40 minutes. There you have it, delicious Jamaican rice and peas.