A very simple rice side for Caribbean and Jerk recipes. Serves 4 (or 3 hungry people)

  • 250g basmati rice
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • 200ml water
  • 2 bay leaves

Wash the rice until the water is clear. Place in a lidded oven proof pan on the stove, add everything and bring to a simmer. Place in an oven at 180C (fan) for 20 minutes with the lid on. Take out, fluff up with a fork and leave at least ten minutes (and up to an hour) to further absorb liquid. A very forgiving recipe! Great with Jerk Prawns.

You can also make a simple Rice ‘n Peas version. Add a tin of beans (red kidney, black or black-eyed peas) and a whole chilli with the rice and cook as above. (pictured)