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Vegeterian Stewed Peas

Vegeterian Stewed Peas
"This is a rich and hearty stew made with red kidney beans, with various herbs and spices. Traditionally, Jamaican stew peas is made with salted pigtails or salted beef."


PREP: 40-45 MINS
COOK: 40-50 MINS


  • 100g Plain flour (sifted)
  • 50 - 120ml cold water
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
Stewed Peas
  • 250g dried kidney beans (soaked overnight)
  • 4g vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp crushed pimento berries
  • 400ml low fat coconut milk
  • 15g garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250g white onion, chopped
  • 3g sprigs of thyme
  • 25g spring onions, chopped
  • 100g carrots, diced
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper (leave whole)
  • 1 teaspoon salt



  1. Add the flour to a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add water a little at a time and knead to form a firm dough.
  3. Leave your dough to rest for about 30 minutes.
  4. Separate dough into small pieces, roll in your palm to make into a cigar shape.
  5. Set your spinners aside.

Stewed Peas

  1. Wash the soaked beans until the water runs clear.
  2. Add the beans to a large pot with 800 - 1000 ml water. Add crushed pimento berries and vegetable stock cube. Cover and boil on medium heat for 30 - 40 mins or until beans are cooked.
  3. Add the coconut milk, garlic, onion, thyme, spring onion, carrot, scotch bonnet pepper. Add additional water (up to 300 - 500 ml water) depending on how thick you want your stew to be.
  4. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the spinners. Cover and cook on medium to low heat until the liquid reduces and the sauce thickens to your desired consistency.
  6. Remove the scotch bonnet pepper and thyme before serving.
  7. Serve with boiled rice.



Energy: 383 kcal, Fat: 8.9g, Saturated fat: 6.5g, Carbohydrate: 51g, (of which sugars) = 6.8g, Fibre: 13g, Protein: 18g, Salt: 1.1g


ALLERGENS: Celery, Gluten





  • If using pigtails or salted beef, be sure to soak adequately and avoid extra salt when cooking.
  • This dish can be eaten on its own (without rice) as a hearty soup.
  • For convenience tinned beans can be used, these will require less cooking time.


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