This has to be among one of my most favorite dishes! Bean stew with fried plantains and jasmine rice. What I love most about the dish is that they can easily be transformed into vegetarian and vegan dishes! This particular dish has a little bit of mackerel in it. I will share the super basic recipe, you can customize it and season it to your personal taste! Here are the basic items you will need:
- 1 bag of black-eyed peas
- 1 can of tomato sauce
- 1 can of mackerel (optional)
- 1 onion
- bag of jasmine rice
- ripe plantains
- salt/seasoning salt
- seasonings of your choice
Boil black-eyed peas with chopped onion and light seasoning until tender (30-45 mins) . Once tender, you can add the mackerel. I like to remove the filets from the can and remove the soft bone and some of the skin from the fish and then mashing it a bit with my hands before adding to the stew. I also like to pour a little of the juice (about 1 or 2 shots depending on the amount I’m cooking) from the can into the peas for a little flavor. Stir everything together and season to your taste. Let’s simmer on low for about 15 minutes stirring frequently.
While the stew is simmering, you can start boiling your rice and frying your plantains! Boil rice until they reach your desired texture and fry plantains on medium high heat in a cooking for about 6-8 minutes both sides until lightly browned. Cooking time may vary depending on thickness of plantain slices!
This meal is healthy because you get protein, various minerals, beta-carotene, omega fatty acids from the stew. You get potassium, and vitamins A,C, and B-6 from the plantains and jasmine rice is a decent source of carbs and niacin! Plus, I love how it smells when it is cooking! Brown rice is always a healthier and highly recommended alternative!
There are many other things I would like try when it comes to this recipe. I want to try different kinds of beans and rice. I have been playing with the idea of making rice balls and plantain balls. Rice and plantain mashed together into balls would be great too!
Hope you enjoy this recipe!