Jamaican Rice & Peas


March 9, 2014 by marksetchfield


Cooking time 3 hours 45 minutes, plus preparation

1 ½ cups dried red kidney beans, soaked overnight and drained
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
1 red onion finely chopped
2 chopped cloves garlic
½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
2 pints of hot water
4 sprigs of thyme
2 tsp of sugar
1 ½ cups long grain rice
1 whole Scotch bonnet
3 tbsp grated coconut block
2 chopped spring onions
Salt and pepper

Soak the kidney beans over night in cold water. When the beans are soaked drain and rinse with cold water and leave to drain. In a large pan heat the oil. Add the chopped garlic and onions, stir until the onions begin to soften. Add two pints of water and the beans and the thyme and season. Simmer for an hour topping up with hot water. Wash the rice and drain the excess water then add to the pan. Drop in the whole Scotch bonnet. Stir once and cover and simmer, after 20 minutes pour in the coconut milk. Continue to cook until the rice is soft. (The rice will soak up the colour of the kidney beans). Add more grated coconut block for extra flavour. Once the rice is cook transfer to a large bowl fluff up the rice and serve.GMS_THE_MENU_RETURN

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