Gandules Por Favor

27 Oct

So your cooking dinner, you have your meat, your rice, but you still haven’t figured out what you want to make to complement it and really pull it all together.  Stewed Pigeon peas, also known as Gandules is one of my favorite meal liaisons. Very simply made, it can add texture and extra flavor to your chicken and rice, or anything else for that matter.  (Maybe not pasta, I can’t imagine that being to great.)

I usually keep my pantry stocked with different peas and beans.  Pigeon peas and lentils are the ones that I use the most.  Red kidney beans are also very flavorful.  If you ask me, they are all very delicious.  I will not hold dinner up any longer, here is a tasty recipe for stewed pigeon peas.

Stewed Pigeon Peas

2 tbsp    Vegetable oil

1 tsp      Minced Garlic

¼ cup    Chopped Onion

2 cups   Shelled Pigeon (Or 1 Can)

1 tbsp    Green Seasoning

½ lb        Pumpkin, cut into 1” cubes

½ cup    chopped fresh Tomatoes or 2 tbsp Tomato paste or puree

¼ cup    Coconut milk

1 tsp      salt

½ tsp     Black Pepper

4 cups   Water

Heat oil and sauté garlic and onion until soft.  Add peas and green seasoning and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.  Add pumpkin, tomatoes, coconut milk, salt, pepper, water.  Bring to a boil, lower heat, cover and cook until peas and pumpkin are soft and most of the liquid is evaporated.  Adjust salt and pepper as needed.

* Salted meat can be added for extra flavor.*

You can also substitute 2 cups of Red kidney Beans for Pigeon peas.

Mmm take a bite out of that!

5 Responses to “Gandules Por Favor”

  1. Lystra October 29, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    Thank you for the caribbean flavor. Well done. LYPercy

    • Hershey November 1, 2011 at 7:22 am #

      And that you for stopping by Lystra. I really appreciate your encouragement.


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