It is almost mandatory for this dish to be cooked in the Jamaican home at least once per week. It is usually had for Sunday dinner, which is when we have our version of Friday supper. Red kidney beans are also high in Omega-3 so this is the perfect vegan side dish that really could beconsumed as a one-pot meal!
-Kari Heron, Khaleej Times
If you have ever had contact with Jamaican food, it is likely you have tasted our famous Rice and Peas. The name is actually a misnomer as we do not use “peas” as in green peas but actually red kidney beans which you MUST refer to in Jamica as “Red Peas” or else the vast majority of our people will look on you funny if you ask otherwise. And yes a “funny look” is a real thing. And it has nothing to do with denoting mirth- it’s more like a very confused look as to “where this idiot come from ?” But I digress. Back to the food. If you want to make this traditional dish, here is a great recipe below that we posted years ago and has been repined hundreds of times. Be sure to pin on Pinterest to save the recipe for future use as well as to share to others who may be in search of some good Jamaican comfort foods.
How to cook Jamaican Rice and Peas (Vegan)
CHEF’S NOTE: A good rice and peas, like this one that our recipe will give you, is so tasty that it may be had as a delicious Vegan one pot meal (or stolen from the pot in a little bowl with a pat of butter when the Steward turns her back) or as a great side dish for Great with Oxtail Bean Stew, and Jerk Chicken or any meat dish.
You could also make this with dried gang (pigeon) peas instead of red kidney beans especially for Christmas.