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Appears in
The Daily Mail Modern British Cookbook

By Alastair Little and Richard Whittington

Published 1998

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Rice and peas is the ubiquitous dish of Jamaica, a national food like our fish and chips, yet its title is something of a misnomer, since the peas are actually dried red kidney beans. In Jamaica it may be eaten at any time of the day, including breakfast. For lunch or dinner, it accompanies everything from curried goat to salt fish.


  • 225 g/ 8 oz red kidney beans
  • 3 tbsp sunflower


Soak the beans in cold water overnight.

Next day, bring to the boil and boil hard for 10 minutes, then drain, rinse and cover with fresh water by 2.5 cm / 1 inch. This is a necessary preliminary to