Full disclaimer, as you know I’m a Native Atlanta. My parents are from the South, raised on a farm, and rice was mostly served plain growing up, and served with any variety of gravy or sides.
But in my 10 years of marriage to this handsome love of mine, I’ve developed a deep affection for many Caribbean foods of his native country. And Rice and Peas has become a table staple. And I’ve finally mastered one that’s vetted, approved, and frequently requested by Hubs himself. Thought I’d share…
Standard Rice Rule of Thumb – 1 Cup of Rice to 2 Cups of Liquid (Water)- With a respectful amount of salt and pepper plus 15 Minutes Makes RICE!
However Jamaican Style Rice and Peas involves maybe another 15 Minutes of Prep before your 15-20 Minutes to Cook… So, here it goes…
Ingredients & Preparation
For 1-1/2 Cups of Dry Jasmine Rice you need 3 Cups of Liquid.
We’re going to split the Liquid in half… 1-1/2 cup of water, 1-1/2 cup of Coconut Milk
** I ONLY use Jasmine Rice… and yes, it impacts the flavor
1/2 Onion Chopped Fine
1 Green Onion Chopped (optional)
2 Cloves Garlic (Chopped Fine or Minced) – (Yes you can sub garlic powder, but the real stuff makes a difference)
2 Teaspoons Thyme (Fresh or Seasoning – Do Not Use Thyme Powder though)
2 Tablespoons of Butter
Some Olive Oil
Half Can of Gunga Peas or Pigeon Peas (the brown ones only, not those in milk or nothing though)
So here we go… its all about putting the flavor in the ingredients before adding the water…
Get a decent Sized Sauce Pan or Rice Pot
Heat on MEDIUM/HIGH and Add Butter, A bi
t of olive oil (maybe 2-3 swirls), onions – cook a minute or two
Add the Thyme and Garlic and Gunga Peas – cook a minute or two
(onions should be translucent)
Add Some Salt and Pepper – this is “to taste” a little goes along way… you can always add more later
Add the Green Onion, and Rice – cook a minute or two
Add the Coconut Milk – Cook until it starts to cook out
Turn Heat to LOW, Add the Water, COVER and Simmer for the Last 15 Minutes
Remove from heat and let it rest as the rice absorbs the rest of the water and any flavor. You can add salt and pepper to taste here… (Taste it, dont just add it… LOL)
Pray, Serve, Eat!
**Double The recipe as you like**
2 cups of Rice / 4 Cups Liquid (2 Water/2 Coconut milk)
3 cups of Rice / 6 Cups Liquid (3 Water/3 Coconut milk)