The new year is almost here. If you’re Guyanese you’re probably rounding up your ingredients for your New Year’s eve cook-up rice and fried fish. I usually make a slamming black eyed peas and beef cook-up. When I was living in Guyana, my mom’s New Year’s eve cook up always had black-eyed peas, salt beef, tripe and beef. A. I hate tripe, b. I can’t find salt beef where I live and c. after eating pepper pot and all the goodies from Christmas, I feel like I need a bit of a break from all of that. So to start the new year off on a healthier note, I am sharing my recipe for a simple but tasty, three bean vegetarian cook-up. Hope you give it a try and enjoy on old year’s night (as we Guyanese say and/or New Year’s day!

Click on the link for a video tutorial (hint: I’m in this video, in case you were curious to know what I looks like, ha ha).

Vegetarian Cook-up

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Vegetarian Three Bean Cook-up Rice
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A wonderful one pot dish that can serve as the foundation for many other cook-up rice dishes.
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Guyanese
Serves: 8 servings
  • ½ can of black eyed peas (about 1 cup of cooked peas)
  • ½ can of chick peas (about 1 cup of cooked peas)
  • ½ can of kidney beans (about 1 cup of cooked peas)
  • 2 cups long grain parboiled rice
  • 1 can coconut milk, diluted with 4 cups water
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ can of petite diced tomatoes (or 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme (Guyanese thyme preferably)
  • ½ tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp casareep
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil
  1. Warm oil in a large (heavy bottom) stock pot, on medium heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic and saute until onions are soft and slightly brown.
  3. Add tomatoes, thyme, basil and ½ the granulated garlic and cook down until all the water from the tomatoes has evaporated. Add the black eyed peas, kidney beans and chick peas.
  4. Add the remaining granulated garlic, sugar, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  5. Add rice and mix together. Add the coconut milk and water mixture, then add the casareeep.
  6. Mix together. Increase the heat to high and bring up to a roaring boil. Let boil covered for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer until the rice is fully cooked. This should take 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. When rice is cooked and all the liquids have evaporated, serve and enjoy!
I used canned products in this recipe for a quicker alternative to soaking dried peas overnight. If you prefer to soak dried peas, use a ¼ cup of dried peas/bean for each of the peas/beans listed above.


  1. Nicola Williams January 23, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Do you have this recipe for the instantpot?

    1. Althea Brown January 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Check out my instant pot rice and peas recipe. Instead of a can of pigeon peas use the peas listed in this recipe. You can even use the seasonings listen in this recipe. Just the use the amount of coconut milk and cook time from the instant pot rice and peas recipe.

  2. Carolyn July 27, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    I found this cook up recipe years ago! I’ve been vegetarian for 8-9yrs and miss eating the things I grew up on! I love this recipe so much and my family of meat eaters always are in my plate when I cook it!

    1. Althea Brown July 27, 2020 at 2:57 pm

      It’s a great classic. Thanks for sharing.

  3. erotik August 25, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    5 stars
    Bonjour, toujours super de voir d’autres personnes à travers le monde du trou dans ma recherche, j’apprécie vraiment le temps qu’il aurait fallu pour créer cet article génial. À votre santé Amil Vaughan Ruckman

  4. Tornalama işlemleri nelerdir? August 31, 2020 at 4:33 am

    4 stars
    Nümerik sistem nedir? firması veya şirketleri çalışmalarında
    titizlikle yürütmektedir.
    Ülkemiz talaşlı imalatta ilerlemektedir.

  5. Marissa September 15, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    What can you use instead of cassareep?

    1. Althea Brown September 15, 2020 at 10:47 pm

      You can use coconut aminos (my recommendation) burnt sugar (also called browning), soy sauce or teriyaki sauce or just skip it all together.

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