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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer
Jamaicans on a whole consume a lot of rice, it being one of our staple foods and all. Because of this, we sometimes have to make it a little more…interesting. The solution, creating delicious dishes like Jamaican Pumpkin Rice.
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Adding pumpkins to your rice comes with many nutritional benefits. These include:
Some of the most common dishes to have pumpkin rice with includes curried chicken and goat, brown stew chicken, fish and pork. It is a very versatile side dish that goes with almost everything. Pumpkin rice is so tasty, and so highly nutritious that you can even choose to have it on its own.
Can I put coconut milk in pumpkin rice?
Yes, absolutely! As a matter of fact, it is the standard to use coconut milk in not just pumpkin rice, but even in other Jamaican rice dishes like rice and peas and callaloo rice. However, if you get allergic reactions from coconut milk or for any other reason you would not like to use coconut milk, you can absolutely skip it and use just water, as many choose to do, or for additional flavour, you can use vegetable or even chicken stock.
What is a Jamaican pumpkin?
Jamaican pumpkin, also sometimes called Caribbean pumpkin is known otherwise as Calabaza. It is actually a part of the squash family and usually has a bright orange or yellow colour. It is often used in stews, soups and desserts.
What is pumpkin rice made of?
Pumpkin rice is made of your choice of brown or white rice, pumpkin of course, and other herbs and spices such as onion, garlic, pimento seeds, scallion and thyme.
How do you make Jamaican seasoned rice with pumpkin?
To make Jamaican season rice with pumpkin, it is pretty much done in the same way you will make pumpkin rice. The key difference will be the addition of a protein such as salted cod fish or salted mackerel which are commonly used in seasoned rice.
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