Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rice and Peas

When I saw some shelled English peas this afternoon at Trader Joe's, I remembered having seen a Jamaican recipe for "rice and peas." Turns out it should really be called "rice and beans." The Jamaican recipe doesn't have a single pea in it; they call beans "peas." Go figure!

Still, I knew that rice + peas = a complete protein. So, I set out to create my own [REAL] rice and peas recipe for dinner tonight. I started with a recipe for matar pulao (Indian rice and peas) and adapted based on what I had on-hand.

sliced leeks
fresh English peas
olive oil
cooked brown basmati rice
coconut milk
ground ginger
curry powder
smoked sea salt

I sauteed the leeks in a splash of olive oil until they begin to turn translucent. Season with spices then add the peas and cooked rice. Stir in coconut milk and toss rice till coated. Cover the pot and reduce heat to a simmer. Allow the peas and rice to steam till the peas are tender.

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