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red peas soup

Meatless red peas soup recipe, Jamaican style. I have been having  unpredictable appetites lately, and I am wondering whether it will last for the entire nine months. It has been a hectic day today between bringing mom's dogs to the vet while navigating through 'feel bad' (nausea). I managed to cook a big pot of meatless red peas soup because I wasn't feeling for meat in the soup. Jamaican red peas soup is a one-pot meal. Yam (preferably yellow yam) sweet potatoes, dumplings and or spinners are some of the ingredients put in the soup. Jamaican red peas soup with pig’s tail recipe

The Jamaican words for today is ‘feel bad’

Mi feel bad means I am nauseate

Therefore, feel bad means nauseate or nauseated. However, feel bad has another meaning

Feel bad also means having empathy for others.

Mi feel bad fi yu  means I have empathy for you; I empathize with you

Jamaican traditional red peas soup without meat recipe


1 lb. sweet potato

2  Irish potatoes

2 carrots

1 lb. yam

1 pt. red peas (red kidney beans)

few pimento seeds

2 cloves garlic

1 coco (coco yam)  (to give the soup body) if not available in your area, leave it out

1 cup coconut milk

1 stalk escallion

piece of fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1 green Scotch bonnet pepper


Salt to taste

1 cup  all-purpose flour to make dumplings or spinners


Sieve the flour into a container and add salt. Pour water little at a time and knead flour into dough. Cover dough and set aside.

Wash red peas then put into a pot with one cup of water, along with pimento seeds and garlic. Bring to a boil on high heat. Open the pot you will see that the peas risen to the top of the water. Pour 4 cups of tap water into the pot, the peas will sink (that method is called sink the peas in Jamaica). Cover the pot and boil the peas until partially cook. Keep adding water until the peas are partially cooked

Peel and wash coco, Irish and carrots then cut into chunks. By this time, the peas should be partially cooked, put the carrots, coco , Irish, yam and sweet potato into the pot (make sure to peel and wash the yam and sweet potato)

The water in the pot should be about half, add the coconut milk and cook for about 10 minutes, then make dumplings or spinners  and add to pot. Stir.

Use the back of a spoon to crush the escallion then put in pot, along with thyme and hot pepper. stir. Lower  heat to medium low. Cook soup until it  somewhat thickens.

Remove from heat and serve.


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