West Indian Red Beans & Coconut Rice

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Serves 4 to 6


  • For The Coconut Rice:
  • 1 1/2 cups white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • For The Red Beans:
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onions
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or 1 fresh chile, minced
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 can (28 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (28 ounces) of red kidney beans, drained
  • Chopped scallions and/or cilantro for garnish


Rinse and drain the rice. In a saucepan on medium-high heat, sauté the rice, turmeric and salt in the oil for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Add the water and coconut milk, bring to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the rice is tender and the liquid absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, in a saucepan on medium heat, sauté the onions in the oil for 3 or 4 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes, sprinkle lightly with salt, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the thyme, allspice, tomatoes and beans, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve the red beans on a bed of the rice and top with scallions and/or cilantro.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Clarkson Potter. All rights reserved.

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