vegan stew peas with rice and broccoli in a bowl
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Vegan Jamaican Stew Peas with Gluten Free Dumplings

This is as close to traditional Jamaican comfort food as it gets. This stew wholesome and full of flavour from Caribbean herbs and spices. But it wouldn't be the same without those yummy little dumplings we call "spinners", made gluten-free so this recipe is great for everyone!
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Jamaican
Keyword: gluten free, jamaican food, quick, stew, vegan
Servings: 4
Author: Jhanelle Golding



  • 2 lbs dried kidney beans, soaked overnight or about 2 cans
  • 1 onion, large
  • 1 carrot, large
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 stalk scallion
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp allspice, ground
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, whole (do not cut or bruise) - optional
  • ½ to 1 cup coconut milk

Gluten free Dumplings (Spinners)

  • tbsps white rice flour
  • tbsps buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • ½ tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp almond flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsps water


  • Place beans in a pressure cooker and cover with fresh water, about an inch above the beans. Cover and cook for about 20 to 25 mins. If using canned kidney beans, then simply combine with remaining ingredients in step 4.
  • Meanwhile, chop the onion, garlic, carrot and scallion then place in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, combine all the dry ingredients to make the dumplings. Gradually add water, mixing after each pour, until a firm dough starts to form. (Adjust the water as needed based on the type of flour used).
  • Divide the dough into about 8 to 10 smaller pieces. Roll each piece between the palms of your hands in the shape of 3-inch long ropes. Set dumplings aside on a plate.
  • Once the beans are cooked, remove pressure cooker lid and add the chopped seasonings and remaining spices. Cook on low heat for about 10 mins then add the coconut milk and dumplings. (If the stew is too thick, add more water as needed). Cook for another 5 mins, then remove from heat.
  • Serve with rice and steamed veggies or avocado.


  • Potato flour is not the same as potato starch.
  • However, tapioca flour may also be called tapioca starch.
  • Almond flour can also be made by grinding or blending whole almonds.
  • You can substitute 3/4 cup of ready-made gluten-free flour or plain all-purpose flour for all the flours in the dumpling recipe. Adjust water as needed.
  • Fresh, canned or dried coconut milk works fine in this recipe.
  • When using dried coconut milk, please check the ingredients list carefully as many brands add Sodium Caseinate, a type of protein derived from milk, making these brands not vegan. This might be of importance if you have a vegan or dairy-free lifestyle. There are other brands available that are safer for vegans.