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How To Make Jamaican Pumpkin Rice

    Jamaican Pumpkin Rice is a flavorful and comforting dish that combines rice with the sweet and nutty flavor of pumpkin. Here’s a simple recipe to make Jamaican Pumpkin Rice:


    • 2 cups long-grain rice (preferably parboiled)
    • 2 cups diced pumpkin (calabaza or Caribbean pumpkin)
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 sprig thyme
    • 1 scallion, chopped
    • 2 cups coconut milk
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • Salt and black pepper to taste


    1. Prepare Ingredients:
      • Wash the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Peel and dice the pumpkin into small, uniform pieces.
    2. Sauté Aromatics:
      • In a large pot or rice cooker, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onion, minced garlic, thyme, and scallion until the onions are soft and translucent.
    3. Add Pumpkin:
      • Add the diced pumpkin to the pot and sauté for a few minutes, allowing it to lightly brown and absorb the flavors.
    4. Rinse Rice:
      • Add the washed rice to the pot and stir well, ensuring the rice is coated with the aromatics and pumpkin.
    5. Pour in Coconut Milk and Water:
      • Pour in the coconut milk and water. Stir the mixture to combine. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
    6. Bring to a Boil:
      • Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
    7. Simmer:
      • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the rice simmer until it is tender and has absorbed the liquid. This usually takes about 18-20 minutes.
    8. Fluff and Serve:
      • Once the rice is cooked, fluff it with a fork to separate the grains and mix in the pumpkin evenly.
    9. Adjust Seasoning:
      • Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. You can add more salt or black pepper according to your preference.
    10. Serve:
      • Serve the Jamaican Pumpkin Rice hot as a side dish to complement your main course. It pairs well with a variety of proteins, such as grilled chicken or fish.

    Enjoy this flavorful and colorful Jamaican Pumpkin Rice that brings together the sweetness of pumpkin and the richness of coconut milk.

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