Recipe courtesy of Venetta Williams
40 min
10 min
8 servings


  • 2 cups white rice, such as Uncle Ben's Original
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 sprigs fresh Jamaican thyme
  • 2 whole scallions
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cooked pigeon peas (also called Congo or gunga peas)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 Scotch bonnet pepper


Soak the rice in a few changes of water and drain before using.

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and saute the thyme, scallions and onions until the onions soften. Add in 3 cups water, the pigeon peas, rice and coconut milk and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to a simmer, add in the Scotch bonnet pepper and cook until the rice is done, about 25 minutes.

A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. It has not been tested for home use.

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