2 hrs 30 mins
This is a great rice and beans recipe we got from our good friend Robert West in Panama. However, this is more a Jamaican style than Panamanian style rice and beans. He told us that a Jamaican woman taught him this recipe. I only try to make it as good as he did. This is great with barbeque chicken, cole slaw, and candied plantains (or platano en tentacion, as they call it in Panama). Also good by itself as a snack. If you add more beans you could have a nice vegetarian dish. The flavors intensify if you let it set overnight. *To speed things up you can used canned beans and just add the extra veggies when cooking the rice.
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- 1/2 lb dried kidney beans
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet pepper (or bell peppers)
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1Rinse beans and soak overnight.
- 2Cook beans with 1/2 cup onion, 1/2 cup peppers, 4 cloves garlic and salt (1 Tbsp?) until beans are tender but not mushy. Set aside and reserve water.
- 3In a large flat bottomed pan (like large aluminum or soup pot), saute rice with other 1/2 c onion, garlic and hot pepper till peppers smell fragrant.
- 4Measure out coconut milk, reserved bean water, and any extra water to make 6 cups total liquid.
- 5Add 6 cups liquid, 1 tsp sugar, 3 tsp salt, and cooked beans to rice.
- 6Cover and simmer on lower heat till all water is absorbed (20"?).
- 7Make sure rice is good and dry, and then fluff with large serving fork. (Sometimes I let the rice dry out on the very lowest notch after it's done for up to 30"). Yes it will stick to the pan a little bit. The Panamanians call this dried sticky part concolon, and consider it a tasty addition to the dish.
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Nutritional Facts for Robert's Red Beans and Coconut Rice (Jamaican Style)
Serving Size: 1 (185 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 644.3
- Calories from Fat 152
- Total Fat 16.9 g
- Saturated Fat 15.6 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 912.0 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 116.0 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
- Sugars 53.2 g
- Protein 7.6 g
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