Oldways Jollof Rice With Black-Eyed Peas
Layers of warm spices and seasonings make this traditional African rice and bean dish delicious! Enjoy it as a side or as the centerpiece of your meal.
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained (save liquid)
4 cups liquid (see step 1 below)
2 cups uncooked brown rice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
2–3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large carrot, chopped (about 1 cup)
1/4 head of green cabbage, chopped (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (15 oz.) can black-eyed peas, drained & rinsed
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Drain liquid from diced tomatoes into a measuring cup. Add enough water to equal 4 cups of liquid total, and put in a medium sized pot with the brown rice. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer until rice is tender to your taste, about 30 to 35 minutes.
- While the rice cooks, heat the oil in a large pan. Cook onions and garlic until onion is soft and pale, about 5 minutes. Add chopped carrots and cabbage, tomato paste and tomatoes, black-eyed peas, and spices. Simmer with the lid on for a few minutes on low heat until the vegetables are done to your taste. Adjust spices until you're happy with them.
- When the rice is done, mix it with the vegetables and beans, or simply serve the rice with everything else on top. Garnish with a little parsley if you'd like.