Jamaican Style Coconut Curry Veggies with Roasted Cashews

This dish has been inspired by Mama Marley’s restaurant in Ocho Rios, Jamaica that we have visited couple of times during our honeymoon.


  • 1200 g cabbage – two small cabbages, I used 1 green and 1 white (sliced finely)
  • 400 g carrots (grated)
  • 3 large bell peppers, red, yellow or orange and green (chopped coarsely)
  • 2½ cup coconut milk powder or 300 g creamed coconut – 1½ bar + 3 cups hot water
  • 4 tbs Caribbean mild curry powder (I used Tropical Sun)
  • black peppercorns
  • 3 cups easy cook Basmati rice
  • 6 cups cold water to cook rice
  • 6 handfuls of roasted unsalted cashew nuts

Jamaican cabbage with coconut and curry recipe


  1. In a large pot place cabbage, water, curry powder, coconut milk or creamed coconut and carrots.
  2. Cook covered until cabbage is soft, add also peppers and cook only long enough to make them witted but still crunchy.
  3. In meantime cook rice in covered pot, leave aside.
  4. When coconut curry vegetables are cooked, season them with freshly crushed pepper and salt.
  5. Share to the plates over rice.
  6. Sprinkle with roasted cashews and some more cracked pepper.

Serves 6 – 8 people.


If you are not planing to eat all at one time, better leave peppers aside, until you are ready to reheat your dish,  overcooked peppers are not so tasty, especially green one will turn bitter.

To roast cashew nuts yourself, place them on the tray and roast in 150°C (302°F) for about 20 – 25 minutes stirring from time to time.

Water and coconut milk powder can be replaced with freshly squeezed coconut milk if possible.

If you looking to try authentic Jamaican dishes at local prices in Ocho Rios then visit My Favourite Place inside the shopping centre… very recommended.

Your thoughts…

  1. A lovely veggie curry Margot and just what we need in this cold snap at the mo. I have never heard of Caribbean mild curry – can you buy this or is it homemade?

    Rosie x

  2. Rosie, yes, you can buy it even in supermarkets such as Tesco now, Caribbean curry powder (Tropical Sun is the one I used) has different flavour from Indian curry, but can be substituted… I just like to use it, especially in dishes like this ;)

  3. What a scrumptious looking dish! I love your photography



  4. This sounds light and delicious!

  5. MMMMM…I love all the flavours!!! yum yum:)!!!

  6. What a great curry. Anything that has coconut milk I love.

  7. Caribbean curry would be a good thing to try right now. How’s the flavor compared to Indian curries?

  8. I love curry and cashews. Add a little coconut and you really have something wonderful. Great dish!

  9. ohhh. cashews are one of my favorite things to cook with. this sounds insanely delicious! and i love all that cabbage! mmmmmmm.

  10. Coconut curry is one of my go-to comfort foods. And yours looks so deliciously colorful, Margot! I’d love some for lunch right about now.

  11. Thank you for all your comments! :)

    Chrystal – It seems like each curry has a little different flavour and ingredients. I tried few Caribbean curry powders already and all of them were milder than Indian ones. I’m not even talking about heat but intensity of all flavours.

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