Tun Up Rice and Peas

PREP TIME: 20 MINS

COOK TIME: 1 HR 5 MINS

TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 25 MINS

INGREDIENTS

½ Cup Dried Kidney Beans

4 Cups Long Grain White Rice

1 Can Coconut Milk

1 Teaspoon Butter

Dash of Salt

2-4 Cups of Water (Or enough to cover the rice by a ¼ - ½ Inch Above the Rice)

2-3 Sticks of Fresh thyme 

4 Pimento Berries

Minced Garlic (Sparing Amount Just for Taste)

1 Green Bonnet Pepper

½ -1 Tablespoon Ground Ginger

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Dried Peas can be soaked from overnight to reduce the cooking time. Using a pressure cooker, pressure cook peas for 35 minutes or until peas is fully cooked.
  2. Once peas are cooked properly, add the coconut milk, butter and all the other ingredients except the rice and allow to cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. You will know the peas are properly cooked if they break easily when pressed with a fork or the fingers, overall, they should be very soft.
  4. After fifteen minutes the coconut milk and all the flavors of the fresh seasonings should be combined and ready to go.
  5. Add the 4 Cups of washed rice.
  6. The liquid in the pot should cover the rice to about an 1/2 inch.
  7. After rice goes in the pot, stir the pot only once or twice and reduce the heat to medium low.
  8. After 10 minutes, further reduce the heat to low so that rice can be steamed and properly cook.
  9. Do not stir the rice while it steams as too much stirring may cause the rice to be soft/ mushy.
  10. Allow rice to steam for an additional ten minutes, after a total of 20-25 minutes rice should be ready, use a fork to test the grains of the rice.
  11. Once rice grains are cooked, remove from heat use fork to fluff rice, set aside for 5 minutes before serving with your favorite meat dish.

SIDE NOTE

When Rice and Peas is cooked properly it will be so flavourful it can be served on its own and taste good!!