Pigeon Peas and Rice

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As comforting as mashed potatoes, this Pigeon peas and rice recipe is not only warming and delicious but the peas are supposed to bring good luck! Add some chicken or diced tofu to the skillet and you have a one pot meal!

Prep time: 20 minutes

Pigeon Peas and Rice

By Gloria Kobrin Published: January 31, 2016


    • 1 large onion peeled, cored and chopped
    • 2 stalks Celery diced
    • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon ketchup
    • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper to Taste
    • 1 15 ounce can pigeon peas with liquid
    • 1 2/3 cup water
    • 1 1/2 cups long grain white rice
    • small bunch of fresh thyme tied with string


    • 1 large skillet with cover
    • 1 wooden spoon


    1. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and celery and sauté until onions are translucent. Stir in tomato paste and ketchup. Taste. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce flame to low and cook about another 10 minutes.
    2. Pour can of pigeon peas with liquid into skillet. Add water and rice. Stir well. Place thyme bundle in the center. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook about 40 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed into the rice. Remove cover and fluff rice with a fork. The rice will be soft and the grains will stick together in a good way. Taste. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Serve hot or warm.