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Rice & Peas

  • 31 - 60 Minutes
  • Easy
  • Rice & Peas

A delicious take on the classic Caribbean recipe, authentically made using Long Grain rice for a perfect, slightly softer texture. Serve with jerk chicken for a tasty Caribbean-inspired dish.


Method

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp ground all-spice
  • 300g Tilda Long Grain rice Rice & Peas
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1 x 400g tin kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

Notes

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. When hot, add the onions, a cinnamon stick and ½ tsp ground all-spice and cook for 10-15 minutes over a low heat until soft and translucent.

  2. Add the rice and stir well. Then add 400ml water and the coconut milk. Stir and bring to the boil.

  3. Add the kidney beans and thyme and cover the pan. Simmer over a low heat for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is cooked. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and sprinkle over fresh coriander.

  4. Serve with jerk chicken and a cucumber and tomato salad.

What rice for rice and peas?

Traditional rice and peas are made with long-grain rice, such as basmati or jasmine rice. These varieties provide a fragrant and fluffy texture that pairs well with the rich flavours of the dish.

What beans are used in rice and peas?

The classic choice for rice and peas is kidney beans. These hearty beans add a delicious earthiness to the dish and complement the flavours of the rice and seasonings.

Can I freeze rice and peas?

Yes, you can freeze rice and peas for later enjoyment. Allow the dish to cool completely, then transfer it to airtight containers or freezer bags and remember to label them with the date. To reheat, thaw the rice and peas in the fridge overnight and gently warm it in a pan on the stovetop or microwave it until heated through.

Can I reheat rice and peas?

Absolutely! To reheat rice and peas, place the desired portion in a microwave-safe dish or a pan on the stovetop. Add a splash of water or coconut milk to prevent drying, then gently heat until thoroughly warmed. Stir occasionally to ensure even heating. Avoid reheating rice and peas multiple times as it can lead to a loss of texture and flavour.

How to fix mushy rice and peas?

If your rice and peas turn out mushy, you can try a few different ways to fix it. First, drain any excess liquid from the dish and spread it out on a baking sheet. Place it in a preheated oven at a low temperature for a few minutes to help dry it out. Alternatively, add some uncooked rice to the mixture and simmer it until the additional rice absorbs the excess moisture.

How to season rice and peas?

Seasoning rice and peas is key to achieving its authentic taste and can be customised to your taste. Start by sautéing diced onions, minced garlic, and thyme in a pan until fragrant. Then, add coconut milk, salt, black pepper, and any additional spices you prefer, such as allspice or scotch bonnet pepper. Combine the mixture with the rice, beans, and water, and cook until the rice is tender and fully infused with the flavours.

How to cook rice and peas without coconut milk

While coconut milk adds richness to rice and peas, you can still prepare a delicious dish without it. Instead, use vegetable or chicken broth as a flavourful substitute for the liquid. You can also enhance the taste by adding herbs like thyme and spices like allspice to create a satisfying dish without coconut milk.

What goes with rice and peas when serving?

Rice and peas pair well with a variety of dishes. For a complete meal, serve it with tender and flavourful protein such as jerk chicken, curry goat, or grilled fish. You can also include side dishes like plantains, coleslaw, or steamed vegetables to add freshness and variety to the meal. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh herbs like coriander or spring onions for an extra pop of flavour.