Sarina’s Caribbean Rice and Peas (recipe)

Caribbean Rice and Peas

The genesis of this recipe came about when Nandita at Saffron Trail asked me to come up with a dish that could theoretically represent the West Indies Cricket Team at this year’s Cricket World Cup, for an article she is developing. Caribbean cooking is so varied and nuanced that I struggled for a while to find a piece that really brought us together. The best I could come up with was Rice and Peas. However not wanting to impose what may have been a decidedly Trinidad-biased opinion I decided to casually ask some friends from other islands what dish they would pick. Thankfully, they all said rice and peas as well!

The next step was to find a way to blend and blur the regional differences into a kind of pan-Caribbean m?ɬ�lange that remained inclusive while still recognizable to each ‘team player’ (as I imagined them in my mind) as authentic. Well I’ll probably never know if I succeeded or what the team would think of my attempt at ‘Caribbean fusion’. But I liked it, and I hope you do too :)


Sarina’s Caribbean Rice and Peas

2 cups rice (white long-grain or brown)
1 – 2 cups pigeon peas OR red kidney beans (either soaked overnight or tinned)
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
4 cups water
1/4 lb salt meat (optional) cut in pieces
1 small onion, chopped
2 blades chive
1 sprig thyme
1 scotch bonnet pepper, chopped finely
1 tsp salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1. If salt meat is used, soak overnight
2. Combine peas, meat (if using), salt, coconut milk and 1 cup water.
3. Cook for 20 minutes on medium-high heat for dried beans or 15 minutes on medium heat for tinned.
4. In a separate pan, heat the oil and brown the chopped onion, pepper, and chive
5. When the peas are almost cooked, add 2 cups water, the sprig of thyme and the rice.
6. When the rice is tender mix in fried seasonings.

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  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    :)) sounds familiar, LOL.

  • http://is-that-my-bureka.blogspot.com/ burekaboy

    :)) sounds familiar, LOL.

  • Marsha

    Ahhh Salt meat :)

  • Marsha

    Ahhh Salt meat :)

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    MMMMMM! Sounds so good. I’m craving some Guyanese “cook up” rice now!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      post it :D i wanna see :D :lol:

  • http://www.stealthybean.blogspot.com/ Beenzzz

    MMMMMM! Sounds so good. I’m craving some Guyanese “cook up” rice now!

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      post it :D i wanna see :D :lol:

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i like rice and peas

    without meat :)

  • http://lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    i like rice and peas

    without meat :)

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    I like complete meals like this, rice,beans and salt meat…perfect!

  • http://kitchenmusings.typepad.com veron

    I like complete meals like this, rice,beans and salt meat…perfect!

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    Mmmmmmmm!!! Sarina you always making me sooo hungry!

    Nothing like Oxtail in brown sauce to go over rice and peas!!

  • http://www.ceweblogs.com GadgetsGuy

    Mmmmmmmm!!! Sarina you always making me sooo hungry!

    Nothing like Oxtail in brown sauce to go over rice and peas!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/don.arntz Don Christopher Arntz

    Great recipe. Too bad I didn't have any rice and peas when I was in Trinidad.

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