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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Peas and Dumplings – Caribbean Style

This is my mother’s recipe and one of my favorite dishes. My mother usually makes this at Christmas time. However, I usually request this every time I go home to visit.

½ package green or brown (dried) pigeon peas
2 or 3 clove sticks
Fresh garlic
1 medium onion – sliced or chopped
Green herbs – thyme, green onion etc.
1-2 teaspoons sugar
Salt to taste
Water

For dumplings
1-cup flour
½ tsp. Salt
Water to make firm dough

Boil peas in water until soft. You can use a pressure cooker for this. If you don’t have a pressure cooker soak peas overnight in hot water and then boil in regular pot until soft.

While peas are boiling make dumplings. Mix flour salt and water together to make firm dough. Set aside in bowl.

Add the cloves, fresh garlic, onion, green herbs, sugar and salt to the peas. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for a few minutes. Form dumplings by taking small pieces of the dough and rolling them between your palms. Add to peas. Continue to simmer until dumplings are cooked. Turn off and serve.
This is delicious by itself or as a side dish with a meal

1 comment:

The Beach said...

This looks delicious! Makes me want to fly to the islands right now.