This recipe is based on a traditional Caribbean favourite. It's made with black-eyed beans or red kidney beans, which are called peas in Jamaica – hence the name of the dish. Red pepper has been added for extra vegetable content and a small amount of lean, smoked bacon lifts the flavour.
Instead of using bacon, just cook the onion in the oil, then add some cooked meat, such as shredded chicken or pork, to the finished dish before serving. * For a vegetarian meal, simply leave out the bacon.
Very nice, I made this tonight and it was lovely. At first I was a little bit worried the coconut would be too much, but it turned out really rather subtle. I would highly recommend this for busy and/or lazy people: it's super easy, involves no more than some chopping and stirring. Also a big bonus for those of us with no dishwasher: there's only one pan involved. And even the man liked it. He is like a big baby when it comes to food, so parents of fussy kids: be sure to give this one a go, it might just work. - 10 Feb 2009
I made the vegetarian version - it was very straightforward to prepare, and if you use tinned beans then it is indeed a one-pot meal! It's also very filling - more so since I only had rich and creamy coconut milk available, will use reduced fat next time. I would also like to replace the kidney beans with black beans, they have a mild, creamy flavour that I think would go extremely well with the coconut. It's a thumbs-up from me! - 10 Jul 2012
Have to agree with appeltaart - easy, one pan, subtle coconut. I measured out the coconut milk + water so I wouldn't have to strain the rice (and I don't like soupy rice unless its in soup). I omitted bacon because a guest doesn't eat pork. If I were to make it again, I would definately use bacon as I thought the dish was missing something. The rest of the guests gave it two thumbs up. - 29 Jun 2009