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and everything nice! Of course, you can make this any time of the year but Peas & Rice is a must for New Year's Day. In my family Rice & Peas is almost always at any holiday or family get-together. This is my take on Guyanese style Peas & Rice. Everyone makes it a little differently & that's okay. Watch me make it here.

Peas & Rice – Guyanese Style

Peas & Rice – Guyanese Style


  • 1 cup prepared black-eyed/pigeon peas
  • 1 cup parboiled rice/long grain
  • 1 tsp vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 pat of butter, optional
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped, optional
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1 cup hot water/broth
  • 1-2 wiri wiri peppers or mild hot pepper of your choice or omit
  • 1-2 pods of cardamon
  • 1-2 sprigs of thyme
  • salt to taste or omit


  1. Soak pigeon peas, in fridge overnight in cold water.
  2. Fill water to about an inch above the peas. Simmer until peas are cooked but still firm. This can take an hour or more.
  3. Rinse & set aside.
  4. Toast cardamon in pods. Cool, remove seeds from pod & grind.
  5. Rinse rice & drain.
  6. On a medium-high setting, heat oil in a deep skillet or large pot.
  7. Toast rice, stirring occasionally. About 15-20 minutes.
  8. Add onions, garlic, celery, pepper, cardamon & thyme.
  9. Keep stirring for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Add peas, coconut milk, water, stir. Bring to a boil, then to a simmer. Cover.
  11. Cook until water is evaporated & rice is tender.
  12. Turn off burner, cover & let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving.
  13. Enjoy!


You can use canned, drained peas to make the process a little easier. Just make sure to drain & rinse them well.

Celery is optional. If I have it on hand, I use it, if not I leave it out.

You can use water or vegetable broth.

You can use coconut cream (1/2 the amount), instead of coconut milk.

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Some ingredients that I use, online: 

Certified Organic Cardamom Pods-Gourmet 80g & GRACE Grace Coconut Milk Powder, 300 G & NuPak Long Grain Parboiled Rice, 2Kg
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Till next time,