This easy Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup is so delicious and hearty, perfect for the colder months. Full of flavor with gungo peas, yellow yam, carrot, and dumplings.
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What are Pigeon/Gungo Peas?
Gungo peas, also known as pigeon peas or gandules are small perineal legumes, popular in Caribbean, Asia, African and Latin American cuisine. They are sold in cans, frozen green peas or dried.
I grew up eating this soup quite frequently, especially around the Christmas holiday season because that's when most of the gungo peas (pigeon peas or gandules were harvested. It was traditionally cooked with meat so I prepared a meat-free version here. I also included a gluten-free dumpling. This is where comfort food is at!
Health Benefits Of Pigeon Peas
Pigeon peas are low in fat and high in protein and fiber.
A 100 gram serving of pigeon peas contains:
- 343 calories
- 15 grams of fiber
- 62 grams of carbohydrates
- 21 grams of protein
- I.48 grams of fat
For more nutritional facts see Organic Facts.
My relatives from Jamaica came to visit recently. I was so happy when my Sister-In-Law gave me gungo peas/ pigeon peas among the gifts that she gave to me.
I was so elated, even though it can be grown here in Florida, I excitedly prepared this Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup (Pigeon Peas) Vegan, froze some and reserved a small amount for drying.
I'm all gleeful and like a child getting birthday gifts with all my goodies from Jamaica. I always look forward to the times when friends and family visit from Jamaica, I get to enjoy treats that I grew up with.
I plan to use the peas to make soups, stews, and Rice and Peas.
How To Make Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup (Pigeon Peas) Vegan
For an authentic Jamaican flavor, I included yellow yam, potato, and carrots. Yellow yam is a root tuber, like a potato. It has a distinct yellow flesh. It's traditionally added to our soups in Jamaica. You can find yellow yam in West Indian, Latino grocery stores, even some Walmart carry it. If you can't find yellow yam, just leave it out.
I also added dumplings/spinners to the soup. You can find the recipes for traditional and gluten-free dumplings Here. I also made my gungo peas soup with coconut milk for a creamy island flavor.
If you haven't tried gungo peas as yet, it has an earthy flavor similar to brown lentils. Its flavor shines through this delicious heartwarming soup. Gungo peas can be found, frozen, canned or fresh.
This time of year, I serve a variety of soups at home. Here are a few must-try!
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- 256 kcal / 1070 kJ
- 10 g
- 10 g
- 34 g
- 10 min
- Ready in:
- 10 min
- 3 cups gungo peas, 2 14-oz cans, fresh or frozen
- 8 cups water
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 potato, cut in cubes
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 cup yellow yam, chopped, (optional)
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme, or 2 sprigs of fresh
- 1 whole Scotch Bonnet pepper, (optional)
- 6 pimento/allspice berries, (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- 1 recipe dumplings/spinners
- sea salt, to taste
- Place gungo peas/pigeon peas in a large pot with water.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
- Cook for 45 minutes, until tender.
- Add coconut milk and the remaining ingredients.
- Bring to boil, reduce heat to simmer for 20 minutes. Season with salt.