This guide will introduce you to a delicious and easy-to-make Jamaican vegetarian recipe that is bursting with flavor. You can customize this recipe by using whatever veggies you have on hand, but we recommend broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, and frozen green beans for the best taste.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy to make
- Customizable with your favourite vegetables
For this recipe, you will need:
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 yellow onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon allspice
Use any of the following:
- Broccoli florets (about one small head)
- Butternut squash cubes (one medium-sized squash)
- Carrots (two large or three medium peeled and sliced)
- Frozen green beans (about two cups)
- One Can of Chickpeas drained & rinsed in cold water.
- Two Cups Coconut Milk
- Salt & Pepper(As per needed)
How To Make This Recipe
Follow these simple steps to prepare this delicious dish:
Step By Step Instructions
Step #1: Heat coconut oil in a soup pot over medium heat.
Step #2: Add onions and cook until softened.
Step #3: Add garlic and ginger; cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
Step #4: Mix in spices such as cumin, smoked paprika, allspice powder. Stir everything till they mix properly.
Step #5:Add prepared vegetables(broccoli, Butternut Squash, Carrots, and frozen green beans). And cook until the vegetables are crisptender.
Step #6: Pour coconut milk over the veggies; stir them well till everything just combines.
Step #7: Add cooked & rinsed chickpeas to the pot.
Step #8: Season with salt and pepper as needed, start by seasoning in small amounts and taste as you go. Cook for 5-10 minutes more over medium-low heat until all ingredients are heated through properly
Step #9:Serve hot! Garnish with cilantro if desired
Cooking time and temperature guidelines
This recipe should take about 40-45 minutes to prepare including cooking time.
Cooking Temperature: Medium-Low Heat
Here are some pro tips that will help make this recipe even better:
- If you like a bit of spice, consider adding a diced jalapeño pepper or red chilli flakes for an extra kick.
- For added protein, add tofu or tempeh cubes into the soup.
Some seasoning options that can enhance the flavour of your Jamaican vegetarian dish include:
- Adding cayenne pepper
- Allspice powder
- Grated nutmeg
- Feel free to adjust this recipe according to your preferences and available veggies.
- Take care not to overcook the vegetables so they don’t turn mushy.
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
Measuring Cups & Spoons
## To sum Up
This easy Jamaican vegetarian recipe offers a flavorful alternative for people who appreciate spicy dishes but prefer meatless meals without compromising on taste or variety in ingredients used.
Sure, here are three popular FAQs about Jamaican vegetarian cuisine with their respective answers:
Are there any traditional Jamaican dishes that are already vegetarian or vegan?
Yes, there are many traditional Jamaican dishes that can be made vegetarian or vegan by making some simple substitutions. Some examples include ackee and saltfish (substitute saltfish with mushrooms or tofu), vegetable curry (use coconut milk instead of regular milk), and callaloo (replace the meat or seafood with eggplant, okra, spinach or kale). There are also many plantains and yam-based dishes as well as tasty soups like red peas soup that can easily be adapted to a vegetarian diet.
What kind of spices should I use to give my Jamaican recipes an authentic flavor?
Jamaican cuisine is famous for its bold and spicy flavors which come from a variety of herbs and spices such as allspice berries, thyme, scallions, garlic cloves, ginger root, nutmeg flowers etc. Other common seasonings include hot peppers like Scotch bonnet pepper or habanero pepper which add heat to the dishes. Marie Sharp’s Habanero Hot Sauce is also widely used in Jamaica for adding spice since it has great flavor too.
Where can I find specialty ingredients necessary for preparing Jamaican cuisine?
Specialty ingredients like allspice berries may not be commonly found in most grocery stores but you’ll surely get them at your local ethnic food store or online retailers such as Amazon.com where even rare items from overseas markets could often be purchased quite conveniently . You might also discover these ingredients at Caribbean grocery stores if you live near one.