Pigeon Peas and Rice

105 mins (prep 15, cooking 90)
9 ingredients
6 servings
Based on a recipe from Heidi Haughy Cusick’s book, Soul and Spice, African Cooking in the Americas. This book is chock-filled with Caribbean, Bahia Brazilian, and Louisiana Creole recipes. She says, “This Caribbean mainstay is found on all the islands in a variety of forms. Sometimes it is cooked with pork; other times it is prepared with water, onions, and salt. The peas can also be cooked with coconut milk, and garlic, tomatoes, and green onions can be added. Curry power is another option. And the hot habanero (Scotch Bonnet) chile is optional. Pigeon peas are native to Africa and resemble black-eyed peas. They are pale yellow and have a small “eye”. In the West Indies, pigeon peas also go by goongoo, Congo, and gungo peas. The peas’ earthy flavor is wonderful; when these legumes are combined with rice the resulting texture is a mouthful to behold. In Cuba red beans and rice are called congri. A dish of black beans and rice on the island is called Moros y Christianos, for Moors and Christians. Cook time doesn’t include soaking the peas overnight. When I tried this, I added 2 tablespoons of liquid smoke along with smoked bacon in place of ham hocks (couldn't find) and our guests and we loved it! Nice backdrop to any dish that suggests a rice accompaniment.

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Serving Size (637.88 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 737.49 Calories from Fat 686.61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 76.29g 704.24%
Saturated Fat 67.65g 2029.47%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 60.79mg 15.2%
Total Carbohydrate 18.06g 36.12%
Dietary Fiber 7.06 g 169.46%
Sugars 10.7 g %
Protein 7.39g 88.7%
Vitamin A 0.09IU% Vitamin C 9.27mg%
Calcium 62.47mg% Iron 5.26mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
pigeon peas, dried, red hot pepper, sauce, long-grain white rice