Add enough water to the soaked peas/beans to make 4 cups. Add the coconut milk, bay leaves and pimento grains (allspice). Cook for about 2 hours until the peas are almost tender. Add the whole hot pepper, half the onion, the whole garlic, carrots, potato, yams, sweet potato, scallions and chopped hot pepper.
Cook another 20 minutes or until the peas/beans are tender and the vegetables are cooked. Add the rest of the onion, chopped garlic, salt and thyme. Correct the seasonings to taste and simmer for another 10 minutes.
Puree half the soup to thicken and serve hot.
posted by Mr Falafel