Kids and I had a easy read ..I checked out a book called ‘Caribbean Dream’ by Rachel Isadora.Short read with simple words where beautiful painted pictures adored the pages giving the glimpse of warm Caribbean lifestyle and prompted the kids to ask questions….
..so it inspired me to make Caribbean rice.This is what i have learnt about this dish .Most commonly,it has
- coconut milk instead of water or in addition to water /broth
- whole pigeon peas or red kidney beans
- Thyme is a herb of choice
- Green onions whole and scotch bonnet pepper,one of the hottest spiciest pepper are used.I didn’t use pepper at all.
Keeping above pointers in mind,I set out to make it with what I had in hand.I had split pigeon peas(“toor’ lentil in hindi),I avoided it as people in our house don’t like the texture split pigeon peas gives to rice 🙂 and i have yet to find whole pigeon peas.I used black beans instead.I served it with Chicken Satay.Needless to say it was hit and we ate leftovers of rice,as we always do.