It’s Caribbean Heritage Month!
Last year when I attended my cousin’s wedding in Poughkeepsie, I realized that my generation of kids have been spoiled tremendously by our big family and army of talented cooks that came before us. My cousins and I (all 5200 of us) got together and realized that we will NEED to continue this amazing authentic Jamaican cooking for our own children, or the culture will die with us.
Since last July I’ve been trying different recipes from all over the internet. I love Pinterest but there are SO MANY “authentic” Jamaican recepies out there that its hard to decipher which ones are awesome and which ones…suck. Don’t worry though, I’ve done all the leg work and have finally perfected one of the foundational pieces of any Jamaican Dish.
1/2 cup red kidney beans (dry)
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 scotch bonnet pepper
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
3 sprigs thyme
2 cups Jasmine rice
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups water
- Soak the peas in a bowl with the water for 24 hours, if you don’t have that kind of time soak for at least 2 hours. Chop the Scallion, Garlic, & Onion.
- Once the peas are properly soaked (they will likely plump and absorb a lot of the water) place the peas and the water in a saucepan. Fill the pot with additional water if needed–the water should be about 2 inches over the peas. Bring to a boil. Add the onions, garlic, scallions, & thyme. Add the salt & allspice. Add a full scotch bonnet pepper (do NOT slice, put it in WHOLE).
- Cook for 40 minutes – 1 hr. Continually add water as needed to make sure that the peas don’t burn. Watch closely! You know that the peas are cooked when you can break the peas in half easily with a fork.
- Remove and discard the scotch bonnet pepper. Add the coconut milk and the rice. Stir throughly.
- Important: There should only be about a half an inch of liquid above the peas. Turn stove down to medium/low and stir (I use a wooden spoon to make sure no rice sticks to the bottom) every 5-7 minutes until cooked. In about 25-30 minutes you will have fluffy and yummy rice and peas!
Stay tuned, I’ve got some more authentic Jamaican recipes that I’m going to be sharing with you guys over the next few weeks!Authentic & Delicious #Jamaican Rice and Peas Recipe! #jamaicancooking #islandeatsClick To Tweet