Try this quick and easy Jamaican pumpkin rice recipe. This is the perfect side dish if you're looking for a healthier alternative to meat, and chicken. This has long been a favorite of many Jamaicans who are cooking on a budget or just looking to prepare a fast and quick meal.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 45minutes
3CupsWhite RiceCan be substituted with Brown Rice
2StalksGreen onionsAKA scallions
2SprigsThymeCan be substituted with 1 tbsp ground thyme
1TbspButterCan be substituted with Olive Oil
2TbspGrace Pumpkin Soup MixTo be used if you want a more orange colored rice.
1WholeScotch Bonnet Pepper
Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a medium-sized saucepan under a medium flame.Place chopped, onion, green onions, garlic, green pepper, scotch bonnet pepper and pumpkin in a saucepan, and let sauté for approx. 10-12 mins. Season with salt, and black pepper.Add 5 cups of water to a saucepan, then add the rice. Add thyme and allspice seeds to your rice. Add sautéed vegetables to your rice and stir with a fork.Cover your saucepan with aluminum foil (use enough to cover the top of the saucepan), and place lid on the pot. Let cook for approximately 30 minutes.Check intermittently if rice is cooked. If rice is hard add a ¼ cup of water and cover until fully cooked.After rice is cooked, remove from flame and serve.
Here is a very useful video by Chef Ricardo, with step by step instructions for making Jamaican pumpkin rice. Can be served with and poultry, meat, or fish dish.