Calabash Ital Rastarant – Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Large Mixed Box with Hard Food

If you want to try authentic Jamaican food with a twist, then you must try ‘Ital Food’. Nowadays following a ‘clean diet’ is all the rage, but Ital food has been following these principles since its inception. Tasty, healthy, Vegetarian and Vegan dishes are cooked with a flair that is innately Jamaican. Calabash Ital Rastarant is located in Ocho Rios town centre and offers a selection of dishes for breakfast, through lunch and to dinnertime and beyond.

Calabash Ital Rastarant

I am a Vegetarian, so it is a real treat to go to a restaurant where I can choose anything off the menu. Calabash Ital Rastarant is one of my favourite Vegetarian eating spots in Ocho Rios because of the sheer choice and my hardcore meat eating friends love it here too. They have a wide and varied menu with a lot of familiar Jamaican dishes cooked in a meat free format. Including, Vege Chunks, Tofu, Steamed Vegetables, Curried Chickpeas, Ackee, Porridge, Soups, Stews, Vege Burgers and more. If you can’t decide what to order ask for a mixed box, this is a selection of all the different foods cooked on the day served with rice and peas, or hard food (boiled provisions). The food is fresh and delicious and surprisingly affordable. The restaurant has a clean seating area inside and a few tables out on the balcony, alternatively you can buy take away food and they even do delivery in the Ocho Rios region. They have a selection of natural juices on offer too alongside coconut water and other beverages.

Calabash also sell natural products, supplements, t-shirts, incense, accessories, DVD’s, books, posters and beauty products to name a few of the items on offer.


Calabash Ital Rastarant Location and Opening Hours

Shop 8
7 James Avenue
Ocho Rios

Telephone Number: 876-570-5565

Calabash also offer a delivery service in the Ocho Rios region.

Opening Hours

Mondays to Thursday  7:00am- 10:30pm

Friday and Saturday  7:00am- 11:30pm

Sunday  9:00am- 9:00pm


Calabash Ital Rastarant
Calabash Ital Rastarant

Food Prices at Calabash Ital Rastarant

  • $380 small food
  • $450 medium food
  • $500 large food

What is ‘Ital Food’?

The word ‘Ital’ is derived from the word vital. As Rastafari believe that food and the health and well being of the consumer are all connected. It is part of the faith of the Rastafari in Jamaica and there are certain ‘rules’ of preparing, serving and cooking certain foods stuffs. ‘Ital Food’ is Vegetarian and Vegan based and is considered a ‘clean’ diet, as it contains no preservatives, colourings, flavourings, tinned foods and in many cases even salt is omitted. The food is delicious, fresh and full of nutrients to increase ‘Livity’, or our life energy.




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Jamaican Style Pumpkin Rice Recipe

Jamaican Pumpkin Rice

Jamaican style Pumpkin Rice is a delicious alternative to plain rice and helps add colour, nutrients and taste to your meal. It is a very easy Jamaican recipe, uses up small bits of veg and cooks in under 1/2 an hour.  It appeals to Vegetarians and children get a sneaky dose of vegetables included in this versatile dish. What more could you want for a healthy dinner idea?

Wash the Rice
Wash the Rice

[icon icon_name=”star”]You Will Need:

  • a large pot (saucepan) for the rice
  • a sharp knife and chopping board
  • a measuring cup
  • a sieve / strainer

Throughly wash your hands and scrub underneath your nails if you can. Gather all your ingredients and cooking implements together and put them on the counter top so you have everything within reach and you will also save time and make it easier for yourself.

[icon icon_name=”star”]Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups of preferably Basmati Rice, but long or short grain will do
  • 6 Cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp of Salt
  • 1 tbsp of Butter / Margarine
  • 1 cup diced / sliced pumpkin
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 garlic peg, diced small
  • 1 stock cube (optional)
  • If you want a deep orange coloured and fuller flavoured rice, you can omit the stock cube and use 2 tbsp of Grace Pumpkin Soup Mix, but use a sieve / strainer to remove the noodles!


[icon icon_name=”star”]Method:

  • Measure out the rice and place into a strainer, thoroughly wash the rice, rinse and strain it and add to the pot (saucepan).
  • Add 6 cups of water, do not fill the measuring cup right up to the brim.
  • Add the pumpkin, onion, garlic, butter, salt, stock cube / pumpkin soup powder.
  • Stir with a fork (do NOT use a spoon).
  • Cover the pot (saucepan) and place onto the hob on a medium heat, until it starts to boil.
  • Turn down the hob immediately and simmer the rice, until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is ‘pitted’ on the top.
  • This should take about 20-30 minutes.
  • Using a fork remove some of the rice and taste to check it is not undercooked. If you find the rice is a bit hard and the water has dried up, you can spread a piece of cling film (cling wrap), tin foil, or even a clean scandal bag (plastic bag) tightly over the top of the pot (saucepan) and allow the pot to steam which coupled with the condensation formed will finish cooking the rice.
  • When removing the cling film use a fork to slowly lift the cling film off of the pot, facing away from you as the steam and condensation can easily burn you.
  • Using a fork, fluff the rice and serve immediately…. YUM!
  • This Jamaican Pumpkin Rice can be served with one of these delicious Jamaican recipes that I have shared on this site: Ackee and Saltfish, Steamed Callaloo, Brown Stew Fish, Escovitch Fried Fish, Red Herring, Fried Plantain and so much more!

If you do have any left over, wait for it to cool down and store in the fridge. When you are ready to reheat it add the rice to a pot (saucepan) and turn on a medium heat, as the pan gets hot (and before the rice starts burning) add an eggcup full of water to create steam and cover the pot, turning down the heat. Reheat rice until piping hot and serve immediately ~ do not reheat rice more than once, so only reheat what you can eat!

I Love Pumpkin Rice
I Love Pumpkin Rice