Rice And Peas for Sunday dinner is a tradition in Jamaica. While growing up, I looked forward all week to Sunday dinner.☺
Islanders who go to church on Sunday mornings normally wake up early, and make sure dinner is almost complete, so after church, dinner will be on the table in little time.
Sunday dinner here is mainly about the Rice And Peas. The ingredients include coconut milk, ginger, scallion, thyme, garlic, sugar... All the things that keep you going back into that pot!
While growing up, it was kind of nice knowing that every Sunday, the family living beside me, and others near and far were cooking and eating the same thing. I no longer eat it every Sunday, but I look forward to smelling the flavours coming from my neighbours' pots☺
Here is the recipe if you would like to try it...
2 cups red peas/red kidney beans (boiled)
2 1/2 cups rice
2 cups coconut milk
1 1/2 cup water (preferably water from boiling the peas/beans)
3 tbs ginger powder
4 tbs scallion (chopped)
4 tbs thyme leaves
4 tbs garlic (chopped)
2 tbs coconut oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbs sugar
4 tbs sweet pepper (chopped)
Combine coconut milk and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Add ginger powder, scallion, thyme leaves, garlic, sugar, sweet pepper and salt. And stir well. Add rice and combine properly. Cover pot and continue cooking on low flame until the rice grains are tender.