Rice-1-6Happy New Year to you all!  It’s been so long since I’ve stopped into my little corner of the web and I must say that I’ve missed blogging.   I’ve read your emails and comments and will be bringing you all new recipes in the New Year!


First up we have black eyed peas and rice.  It’s traditional to start the New Year with a dish using black eyed peas as it will bring prosperity throughout the year.   Instead of making the traditional Guyanese cook-up I served up a plate of Black eyed peas and rice which was absolutely delicious.   This is a great everyday side dish; serve with roasted chicken and veggies.   Enjoy!




Recipe Type: Side Dish
Author: Jehan P
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups long grain rice
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • 1 wiri wiri pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup coconut cream
  • 3 cups water
  • 15 oz can of black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • Finely chopped scallion
  1. In a large pot over medium fire, heat oil and butter until hot. Add onion and cook until it begins to sweat, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add garlic, ginger, pepper, thyme and basil then cook for about 30 second while stirring frequently. Add coconut cream and water and bring to a boil.
  3. Next add rice, black eyed peas and salt and stir. Bring to a boil once again, lower heat to a simmer.
  4. Cover the pot and cook for 20-25 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped scallion.






  1. Mason Williams
    May 31, 2014 / 5:59 am

    This is looks like a delicious meal that I would like to try. For the BLACK EYED PEAS AND RICE . I have a question, what would be a good substitute for wiri wiri peppers? I live in Korea, and I haven’t seen any around. Also we don’t have fresh thyme would be an equal substitute for dry thyme? Do you think ham or spam would taste good in this dish, too? My wife wants some sort of meat. Thank you so much!

  2. JehanP
    June 2, 2014 / 3:43 am

    Mason and hot pepper will do and it’s ok to use dried thyme. If you’re adding meat, you may want to fry it a little before adding the rest of the ingredients. This will release a lot of flavor.

  3. Henry
    March 3, 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Reminds me of all the Black Eye Peas i ate growing up. My Auntie was a wise woman and fed me well in in so teaching me valuable life nutritional lessons that i very much carry today in how i eat. Real Food vs all the junk thats around. Will keep this recipe in my back pocket so to speak as an easy to go dish.

    I’ve never seen Wiri Wiri peppers other than reading about them here in the various dishes. I just substitute any good hot peppers i can find living in PA as hard to find any real peppers with flavor here other than Thai Chillies which i use allot and works as good substitute for spicy hotness.

  4. Sachkia
    September 19, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    I aways use Coconut milk instead of cream. I noticed that yours is fluffier is that why/

  5. JehanP
    September 19, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    Hi Sachkia, using coconut milk should not affect the outcome.