For a super easy instant pot spin on Pigeon Peas Rice, you have come to the right place!
This recipe is super simple because it requires very few ingredients and the ones it does require mostly consist of items that have a long shelf life. Chances are you have half the ingredients in your pantry already!
It originated in the West Indian Caribbean Islands and has been a staple dish there ever since. It is no surprise as to why.
This dish is so cheap and easy to make (don’t forget delicious) that it is a wonder it isn’t a staple in every country (though other countries probably have some rendition of it: i.e., red beans and rice in the United States.)
The base of this dish (besides the rice, of course) is the Pigeon Pea, also known as gungo pea. You can use dried or canned pigeon peas; whichever is easiest for you. Of course, fresh is usually best, but sometimes the convenience of canned or prechopped items are well worth the trade-off.
As far as the rice is concerned, this recipe utilizes Jasmine rice, which is soft, fluffy, and mildly sweet. It pairs really well with the nutty flavor of the pigeon peas.
Both of these ingredients are super easy to keep on-hand. This recipe also uses tomato paste which is perfect to keep in the pantry, as you can use it to prepare this keto beef stew, instant pot oxtail, or this poulet en sauce.
The onions, carrots, garlic, and thyme are the only fresh produce you might want to purchase relatively close to when you are planning on preparing this delicious, warm dish.
The coconut milk will provide that rich flavor that’s normally found in most Caribbean rice, similar to the flavors found in this Caribbean Rice and Chicken recipe.
It has been known to happen that an ingredient you think will be super easy to find is absolutely nowhere in sight. If you have a hard time finding pigeon peas, whether canned or dried, you could always substitute them for a different legume.
We have found that black-eyes peas, kidney beans, or even lentils are great substitutes. It might be fun to experiment with your favorite beans and see what tastes the best to you.
This recipe is super versatile and that is part of the fun of cooking: making it your own. The same rules apply to the rice, though depending on the kind of rice, it might influence the consistency of the dish slightly.
HOW TO PREPARE THIS DISH
The exact measurements are found in the recipe card below. For now, here’s a quick overview with step-by-step guide to make this recipe perfectly each single time.
In the instant pot, select sautéed. Adjust the time to 30 minutes. Next, add in the oil, then add the garlic, onions, and carrots. Cook until fragrant.
Add the tomato paste; stir. Then add the peas. Stir and cook for an additional 1 minute.
Add the rice, salt and pepper. Stir to well combine. Now, add in the liquid from the peas and water. Stir once.
Add the coconut milk. Stir to mix well. Cover with the lid. Seal and cook for 12 minutes on high pressure; or simply select the rice button on the instant pot.
Allow to natural release for 10-20 minutes. Fluff the rice and serve warm.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION(S)
Known to the islands in the Caribbean, pigeon peas are often prepared with rice and bold seasonings.
Pigeon Peas are part of the Cajanus Cajan family. They are known by Congo pea, Angola pea, and red gram.
No, pigeon peas and chickpeas are completely different peas. Pigeon peas are more related to black eye peas or lentils.
Overall, this is a great dish for so many different reasons. It is affordable and therefore easy to make in large amounts, this is an instant pot version which keeps the process simple and easy to execute, and it is incredibly filling.
The rice and beans come together to form a complete protein which will keep you feeling fulfilled long after you take the last bite. No matter how you choose to alter this recipe, there are not a whole lot of ways to do it wrong.
HAITIAN RECIPES TO TRY
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How To Make Instant Pot Pigeon Peas Rice
- Instant Pot
Cook the Pigeon Peas
- 2 Cups Dried Pigeon Peas
- 6 Cups Water
- 4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
- 1 Small Onion Chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves Minced
- 2 Carrots Chopped
- 2 ½ Tsp. Salt We used Kosher Salt
- 1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
- 2 Cups Rice We used Jasmine Rice
- 5 Thyme Sprigs
- 1 Can Coconut Milk (13.5 Oz)
- 4 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
- 3 ½ Cups Liquid 3 Cups of the pigeon peas water and ½ cup of water
- Cook the beans in the instant for 30 minutes. Quick release when finished, drained, and reserve liquid to use later. On the instant pot, select sautéed. Adjust the time to 30 minutes. Next, add in the oil, then add the garlic, onions, and carrots. Cook until fragrant.Add the tomato paste; stir. Then add the peas. Stir and cook for an additional 1 minute.
- Add the rice, salt and pepper. Stir to well combine. Now, add in the liquid from the peas and water. Stir once.Add the coconut milk. Stir to mix well, add the thyme. Cover with the instant pot lid. Seal and cook for 12 minutes on high pressure; or simply select the rice button on the instant pot.