An excellent accompaniment to other traditional Caribbean fare.
You can find tinned gungo peas at Caribbean or Asian shops, as well as online. If in a pinch, dried will work so long as you've soaked and boiled them first. Otherwise, try using a tin of black eyed beans instead.
Gungo peas are also known as pigeon peas, toor dal and Congo peas.
I love west indian food, mmmmm deliciuos, thans )) - 23 Aug 2010
As a Bahamian who frequents this site regularly I thought I'd help out by reviewing this recipe. A few substitutions can be made to make this dish more authentic to our country, but all in all it is a good recipe. Tomatoes, ketchup and celery can be added, but for the most part they aren't included. An ingredient that is normally included but wasn't listed here is diced green bell pepper. Try adding maybe a half of a pepper or a whole one if you really like it. Also, instead of using fresh thyme, we'd normally let it dry out before cooking with it for a stronger flavor. Pigeon or black-eye peas can also be substituted for canned kidney beans if you can't find either, although we'd call that 'Bean 'n Rice' instead :-) Now all you need is some baked macaroni with your favorite meat or fish and you're all set! - 21 Sep 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I haven't tried the recipe yet, but my husband was born and raissed in the bahamas and I have made this many times. The critique I would have is that there is way to much tomatoe paste used in the recipe. I've always been told to use about 1/4 of the small can. (you can freeze the rest) No ketchup or tomatos has ever been added. Be careful with the Thyme, it is a strong herb. Black eyed peas is another name for the pea. - 01 Aug 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)