Gungo Peas and Rice

Just the other day I was chatting with a friend of mine and she wanted to know how to make rice and peas. Well, I decided not only to jot down a few pointers for her, but for everyone else as well. This way I can get feedback on how each meal turns out. Fortunately this meal is easy to prepare, healthy, mouth-watering, and takes little time to cook. Also, there are many delicious and creative ways to enjoy Gungo Peas and Rice, and the best way to have it…is with a lot of gravy. This type of dish is flexible and is vegan friendly due to the peas which contain protein. I do hope you will enjoy making this simple and healthy meal. Nyam Nyam… 



  • 2 lbs of green gungo peas
  • 11/2 cups of rice
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼ stick of butter
  • 6 berries of allspice (Jamaican pimento)
  • All purpose seasoning (season to liking)
  • 1 green scotch bonnet pepper (whole)
  • 3 pieces of scallion smashed
  • 3 bulbs of garlic smashed
  • Thyme


  • Add gungo peas and smashed garlic in a pot with water
  • Cook for about 45 minutes ***Do not over cook peas***
  • After the peas are cooked add all other ingredients, stir and bring to a boil (remember to smash scallion before adding)
  • Add rice and stir thoroughly
  • Cover with a lid and set temperature to low until cooked (about 20-25 minutes)
  • Check after 10 minutes
  • Before serving remove thyme, pepper, and scallion
  • Serve and enjoy

What can I eat Gungo Peas and Rice with?

Well traditional Jamaicans eat Gungo Peas and Rice with:

  • Brown stew chicken
  • Escovitch fish
  • Stew pork
  • Mutton
  • Callaloo…or any spinach type greens
  • Cabbage
  • Jerk chicken and pork
  • Ackee and salt fish

A Note: Gungo Peas are also known as pigeon peas and are available in cans, but I believe fresh is always better! 🙂


About Sheryl Teach Stark

Hi my name is Sheryl. I am a Humanitarian, Blogger, and a gardener. I love all music, but reggae more so. I cannot tell you everything about me here, so follow me on facebook: and on twitter @givingirl. One Love.
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5 Responses to Gungo Peas and Rice

  1. Now I’m hungry 🙂
    Maybe I’ll try this one on the weekend

  2. Hi Sheryl, the green gungo peas that you made into hummus were so good! The green hot sauce was really hot so I put a little into my home made pesto sauce and spread it on my organic pizza. Wow it was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

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