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Jamaican Bean Stew and Jerk Rice

by Arriel Bullock
(Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Jamaican Bean Stew and Jerk Rice

Jamaican Bean Stew and Jerk Rice

Jamaican Bean Stew and Jerk Rice || Jamaican Recipe Contest Entry #1

We, Jamaicans, are known for being creative in everything, especially when it comes to our food. In a bind, we know how to ‘tun we han mek fashion’ (use whatever is readily available to create something extraordinary).

It is when funds are low and supplies are rationed that the true creative genius comes out, especially when there are little mouths (children) to feed.

Being a single mother of a growing boy, I am always trying to come up with nutritious dishes that will be both satisfying and delicious, while staying within the budget and using what I find in the cupboard. The recipe below was thus created for dinner one evening and the resulting dish was excellent.

Jamaican Jerk Rice


Ingredients:

1 cup plain, white rice (any brand will do, but Jasmine rice gives a lovely flavour)
1 cup water
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp Island Spice Jerk seasoning
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp margarine
1 tsp ginger
pinch of salt
pepper to taste (any type)

Directions:
In a cooking pot, bring the cup of water to boil, then add the coconut milk, jerk seasoning, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper, stirring to ensure a thorough blend (approximately 30 seconds).

Reduce the flame to medium heat and add the rice and margarine, stirring for even distribution.
Cover the pot and let cook for approximately 15 minutes (or until water is almost completely dried out).
Give one last stir, replace the cover on the pot, turn off flame and leave rice to finish steaming (approximately 5 minutes).

Note: Steaming the rice gives a fluffier texture to the grains. Ensure that there is just enough moisture in the pot for steaming, but not too much water to make the rice soggy.

Jamaican Bean Stew


Ingredients:
½ cup pre-cooked gungo peas (or any other bean of choice)
¼ cup sweet corn
1 small irish potato (diced)
1 slice of pumpkin (diced)
1 small onion (diced)
1 small tomato (diced)
½ small sweet pepper (diced)
4 fingers of okra (cut in bite sizes according to preference)
½ cup coconut milk
½ tsp turmeric
1 tsp margarine
pinch of salt
pinch of black pepper

Directions:

In a frying pan, melt the butter and sauté the onion, tomato, sweet pepper and okra.
In a bowl, mix the coconut milk with the turmeric, salt and black pepper.
Add the coconut milk mixture to the sautéed vegetables, along with the Irish potato and pumpkin and stir.
Reduce heat and let simmer for approximately 4 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add gungo peas (or another bean of choice) and sweet corn and cook for another 2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened to satisfaction.
Remove from heat and serve with the jerk rice.

Note: You may substitute coconut oil, olive oil or butter for the margarine, according to your taste or preference.

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Sep 06, 2019
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Beef stew and Rice
by: Lois

Looks and sounds like a great recipe. Being from the US putting in pumpkin is something different for me but I wanna try it. Thanks and good luck!

Sep 06, 2019
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Jerk Rice and Bean Stew
by: Anonymous

Definitely will try. Good to try new recipes/ideas.

Aug 15, 2019
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Interesting recipe
by: Anonymous

looks delicious!

Aug 06, 2019
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A Scrumptious meal
by: Curtis F

Great alternative for the vegetarians and everyone alike.

Aug 06, 2019
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Nice!
by: Mitchelk

Sounds very interesting. Will definitely be using this recipe!

Aug 05, 2019
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This looks delicious
by: Kenny

I have to try this one, taste good already just reading the ingredience. Lol

Aug 05, 2019
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Jamaican bean
by: Anonymous

Thank you Ariel i am goung to try this. Francine B

Aug 05, 2019
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Jamaican bean stew & jerk rice
by: Nicola BP

I will definitely be giving this a try............. looking forward to the taste and your next menu

Aug 04, 2019
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Bean Stew and Jerk Rice
by: kelly

yummy nothing better,except if i added ackee, next time. thank you for sharing xo

Aug 04, 2019
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Baby Steps Vegetarian Conversion
by: Marcia

Thanks Arriel for this awesome recipe! Bae had issues when I stopped eating meat. So you know who had the last laugh when he, grudgingly might I add, admitted it was "surprisingly tasty".

Aug 04, 2019
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Great meal
by: Tanisha

This looks enticing and nutritious. Will definitely be trying it out!

Aug 04, 2019
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Great Alternative
by: Dwight Rose

So simple yet nutritious!🎯
Mmmm😊

Aug 04, 2019
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Healthy alternative
by: Anonymous

Great alternative for vegetarians or people who want a break from meat.

Aug 04, 2019
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Best Meal Ever!
by: Chris

Man oh man, this recipe right here looks so GOOD!

Thinking about this dish makes me want to cook up a big pot of it right now and head to the hills to eat it all on my own.

I don't care if anyone calls me greedy but I'm definitely not sharing my Jamaican Bean Stew and Jerk Rice.

Thank you so much for this recipe I'm heading to the kitchen to cook some up RIGHT NOW!

YUM!

Aug 04, 2019
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Will definitely try
by: yardieprincess

Interesting recipè, cant wait to try! Another vegetarian option when hosting

Aug 04, 2019
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🤤🤤🤤
by: Anonymous

Looks delish!!! Definitely going to try it

Aug 04, 2019
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A must try!
by: Sue

This is a great option for those who don't eat meat but want to have that jamaican flare added to their food . I will be trying this. Yummy!

Aug 04, 2019
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A recipe for cooking
by: Ayesha Barnett

This is a wonderful setting and I will also introduce my friends to this page also.

Aug 04, 2019
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Ease of preparation
by: Mario

Easy and clear steps and ingredients less time consuming

Aug 04, 2019
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Awesome
by: Anonymous

Looks delicious! Definitely need to try this one!

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