Diri ak pwa

A staple of Haitian meals is rice and beans or diri ak pwa.  Here’s a recipe I tried last night and it was a big hit.  It is actually a recipe from Jamaica.  It calls for pigeon peas, which are high in protein.  I found it in a cookbook called “Island Barbeque” by Dunstan Harris.

1 1/2 cups dried pigeon peas

1 garlic clove, crushed

4 cups water

Salt to taste

2 cups coconut milk

Freshly ground black pepper

1 scallion (green & white parts) chopped

1 sprig thyme, fresh or dried

1 small tomato, chopped

1 whole Scotch bonnet or jalapeno pepper

2 cups uncooked rice

Combine the pigeon peas, garlic, water and salt in a saucepan.  Cook, covered, over medium heat until tender, about 2 hours.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir frequently, making sure the pepper does not burst in the process.

Return to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1/2 hour, or until all the liquids have been absorbed.  Midway through the simmer, remove and discard the pepper.  Serve as a side dish.

–Running Girl


5 responses to this post.

  1. The Major grumbled: Recipes? What is this ‘Redbook’?

    Even so, this dish was pretty tasty. Especially with left-over pulled pork and gravy over it.

    Alright, Running Girl. I’ll let this one slide. Just don’t make a habit of it.


  2. Lucky for you I couldn’t figure out how to add a recipe category.

    -Running Girl


  3. Posted by LynneLevy on September 26, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I like recipies, TM, more than golf for sure!!


  4. Posted by Lisa N. on September 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I LOVE recipes too!! Add Recipe Category Major!! 🙂
    Although i’m not sure I could get my kids to eat anything
    that has “pigeon peas” in it. That just doesn’t sound right. ha ha


  5. Okay. This is The Major.

    To satisfy the Yenta contingent, I have added a “Recipes” category.

    But, I will NOT be contributing.

    Please be reminded that this is not O Magazine.

    One final note: Lisa, don’t call them Pigeon Peas — call them their Spanish name, gondules. It sounds more exotic, and they won’t realize what they’re eating.


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