15 Reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect from this recipe, but I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the flavors of the coconut milk, fresh ginger and kidney beans in this dish. Cooking the scotch bonnet pepper in a big piece in the rice gave this dish just a hint of pepper taste, but it wasn't the slightest bit hot. I think I would like to try it with the pepper minced and cooked into the rice, but very good as is. Made for ZWT5. Update: This recipe is in my Top Favorites of 2009 Cookbook.

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Crafty Lady 13 January 31, 2010

Loved loved loved this!!!! I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow!!! Made for ZWT 9.

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Charmie777 August 08, 2013

I love Rice and Beans! I put my scotch bonnet pepper in a tea ball so the flavor of the pepper infused through the recipe. The tea ball made it easy to remove the pepper and kept it "safe" and prevented it from falling apart. Great recipe and another to add to my portfolio of beans and rice recipes.

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mandabears August 03, 2013

Yum! As others have already said, it was such a great idea to add the scotch bonnet pepper to the water. It added a nice hint but didn't make it hot. Thanks LIG for a nice keeper. Made for ZWT9.

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lazyme August 02, 2013

This was a delicious side to jerk chicken. I made half a batch, and used diced jalapeno instead of scotch bonnet, but otherwise followed the directions. It's very close to my favorite Jamaican restaurant's rice and peas. A half batch was four generous servings for us. Thanks for sharing!

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Lori in NC May 05, 2013

This was a really nice variation of beans and rice! I especially loved the technique of boiling the pepper with the rice then removing it; as other reviewers mentioned it was just enough heat and flavor to notice but not enough to be trouble LOL. My 3 year old and even my 8month old enjoyed some! I would like to try it again with brown rice instead of white, and will likely change the ratio of beans to rice in favor of more beans. I also added a bit of garlic to the mix. I loved the combination of flavors, though, and I know I will make it again! Made for Veg Swap May 2011.

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smellyvegetarian May 25, 2011

A great recipe: easy to make and super comforting. I didn't have any fresh peppers, so I added some dried crushed red pepper to the oil when I cooked the onion. The coconut and ginger make this a nice twist on my usual beans and rice. Made for Veg*an Swap.

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Prose April 05, 2011

What a fantastic introduction to Jamaican Food this is! I completely loved the flavours - the heat from using a whole chopped habanero, tempered by the coconut milk (or so I presume), the ginger, the mild kidney beans, two types of onions... and for me, some of the rice was slightly browned and crispy from the pot bottom, from when I stir-fried it. Or, maybe from when I turned up the heat to bring the rice/milk/water to a boil and turned it down, but didn't stir it again. Who knows, it left tiny pockets of lovely textured bits! Thanks so much for the taste experience, LIG! Made for LIG, our VIP for March Veggie Swap.

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Katzen March 27, 2011

This is a perfect combination of flavors, don't let the inclusion of the heated (very hot) scotch bonnet through you off of this marvelous recipe. Once the pepper is submerged within the folds of the rice/beans, coconut milk, and has cooked, the taste, (not the heat) is what stands out. The coconut base is right on, and was ever so easy to put together. I served this with lamb, but can be seriously served as a stand-alone, lovely dish. I used scallions in place of the onion, and also garnished the finished product with cilantro. Perfection right on my fork. Thanks, LIG! Veggie Swap honoree!

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Andi of Longmeadow Farm March 09, 2011

This was a really interesting rice and beans recipe, I never had Jamaican food before (usually because it's too meat-intensive for my liking.) I couldn't find scotch bonnet peppers at the supermarket but bought one at a small West Indian grocery in the neighborhood and really liked the flavor! I'll probably get more of them in the future. I used ginger powder to save time since I didn't have gingerroot on hand, and think it added enough zest. This made a wonderful side dish with marianted tofu and asparagus! Made and tagged for Veggie Swap 16.

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the80srule November 13, 2009
Rice and Peas (Beans)