Thursday, December 7

Cook up rice with black eyed peas

This post is mainly for Lavender, who has been asking for this recipe for a while now. Sorry for taking this long! This is my mom's cook up rice recipe with a few additions. I may have posted another version here a year ago.

Start off by soaking a cup or so of black eyed peas in water for about 8 hours, either overnight or in the morning if you're going to eat this for dinner. Make sure there's about 3 times more water than black eyed peas, because they expand.

Drain the black eyed peas, and start boiling about 2 cups of water in a medium sized pot. Put in the drained black eyed peas and let them boil for about 10-15 minutes, or until they're slightly soft.

Add half a can of coconut milk, 3 green onions chopped, some hot pepper (1 wiri wiri pepper is what I used), an onion chopped and salt. Some people also add a veggie bullion cube for extra flavour.

Add 1 cup brown rice. Add enough water to make the rice cook (ie, whatever the rice-water proportions are).

Stir this all in, bring to a boil, cover and lower the heat. The trick to this recipe is to make sure that the timing is right. Adding the rice before the black eyed peas are half-cooked will make overcooked rice and undercooked black eyed peas. It's better to add less water and keep adding as necessary.

Meanwhile, grate 2 carrots. Also defrost 1 package of frozen spinach and cut it into half.

When the rice and black eyed peas are almost cooked, add the grated carrots and frozen spinach. Taste it to make sure that there's enough flavour. Could also add some thyme at this point.

Keep stirring to make sure that the bottom doesn't burn. Turn off the stove when almost all of the water is evaporated, and it will come together nicely after it cools a little.


At 2:12 PM, Blogger Lavender said...

Mmmm! sounds just as delicious as it looks! i can't wait to try it. thanks so much for posting this.

At 10:43 PM, Blogger been said...

mmmmm, i keep meaning to try this out (well, the version you had posted before) but so far haven't...i like big rice dishes like this that don't take an insane amount of prep but are filling and can last you awhile...


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