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Pigeon Peas and Rice

4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 lb. beef, cut into cubes
8 ounces white rice
4 ounces pigeon peas (fresh)
4 ounces coconut milk
Salt and pepper

In a stew pot, heat the oil. Stir in the brown sugar until it has almost caramelized. Add the beef with a little water and simmer, partially covered, until the meat is half cooked. Add the remaining ingredients. Simmer for 20 minutes. Cover and set aside for 15 minutes before serving.

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This page modified January 2007