Jamaican stew peas is make with red kidney beans and is a very versatile dish. It can be made with various types of meat or without meat. In this post, the recipe is without meat so it is vegan friendly and taste just as delicious.
Kidney beans can take some time to cook so very often a pressure cooker is use to help reduce the cooking time. Another way traditional way to help reduce cooking time is to soak the beans overnight.
A little trick my grandmother always do before put the beans to soak is to cook the beans is a little water for about three minutes. Pour that water away, add fresh cold to soak the beans in. This helps soften the beans more but also prevents it from growing.
Jamaican stew peas is flavour with coconut milk, pimento (allspice), scallion and other Jamaican spices.
The recipe below is stew peas without meat so vegan can also enjoy this delicious dish. Ingredients ready, let’s cook!
Jamaican Stew peas without meat
- 1 Cups Kidney beans
- 3 Cups Fresh coconut milk
- 1 Red onion chopped
- 2 Stalks scallion chopped
- 2 Carrots diced
- 1 Tomato diced
- 3 Garlic cloves crushed
- 5 Pimento berries
- 3 Sprig of thyme
- 1 Scotch bonnet pepper (optional)
- Salt to taste
- 4 oz Plain flour to make dumplings (spinners)
- Wash and soak the beans in 2 pints of water overnight. You can use a pressure cooker to soften the beans if you don’t want to soak it overnight.
- Pour the soaked beans into a cooking pot. Add the pimento seeds and about 1 tsp of salt. Cook until beans become soft. Add more water if necessary.
- While the beans is cooking, make the dumplings (spinners). In a kitchen blow mix the flour with water to make a stiff dough. You may want to add a pinch of salt to the mixer, some people find the dumpling is tasteless without a little salt. I don't use much salt in my food so I don't add salt to my dumplings.
- Once the beans is tender separate, add the coconut milk, garlic, onion, thyme, scallion, carrot and tomato to the pot. Bring to a boil. Saperate the dough into 1 inches rolls and drop then into the pot. Add a the whole scotch bonnet pepper. (Make sure to keep a eye on the pepper, don't cut or let it burst. Remove it beore the pot cook so the it's not spicy)
- Cover the pot and let it cook on medium low heat until sauce reduce and thicken. Stir occassionally.