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February 12, 2015

Recipe: Trinidad Pelau

Pelau recipe

Whoop whoop, this is the first recipe that I've ever posted! Every once in a while I blast some Caribbean-ness on this blog. Today I thought I'd share the recipe for Pelau, a dish native to my country. Pelau (pronounced pay-laow) is a one pot dish. One pot meaning that the chicken, the rice (in this recipe we use brown rice), the peas, the veggies etc. are all in one pot! It's pretty simple to make and rather delicious and filling. I have to give my beautiful and stunning mum a shout out because she wrote the ingredients and process out for me in its entirety. Thanks mama!!

1 small chicken cut into small pieces (or you can use wings or boneless chicken)
1 tin pigeon peas (some US folk use green peas or lentils as this may be hard to find)
1 lb rice (we used brown rice)
1 large carrot cubed (or tin carrot but we prefer to use organic carrots)
2 cups coconut milk 
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 lime
1 tbsp oil (we used olive oil)
1 pinch black pepper
chopped chives, celery and thyme
1 hot pepper (optional)

What you do:
1. Marinate chicken in a mixture of chopped onions, garlic, salt and grounded herbs for 1/2 hour
2. On medium heat place olive oil in a large pot and add brown sugar
3. When sugar is dark brown and bubbling add chicken and stir to ensure all pieces are brown. (This is the most important and the trickiest step - before adding the chicken the sugar needs to be dark brown but not burnt - if its too light brown the sugar isn't ready and the meal will be sweet, if its burnt the meal will be bitter)
4. Allow to cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
5. Add rice, carrots, peas and coconut milk (and throw in a hot pepper whole if you want it to cook with a little spice). Bring to the boil then lower the heat.
6. Cover the pot and allow to cook until the rice is tender and the liquid has dried out.
7. Serve hot with a fresh vegetable salad or coleslaw 

Pelau recipe
My note: the tomatoes were added for presentation by my mama haha. I DO NOT eat tomatoes. They do make for good pics though!

If you like this recipe maybe I will post some more Caribbean dishes :) Let me know if you make it and most importantly ENJOY!!

Have a great Thursday guys!!

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  1. Yum, this looks amazing! Thank you for the recipe!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

  2. Oo yummy that looks so good!

  3. This looks so delicious! I work with a guy from Trinidad and I'll have to mention this dish and impress him, lol.

  4. this sounds delicious! I'm pinning this for later

  5. Oh this sound incredible!! Thanks for sharing it girl! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  6. Dang girl, this sounds amazing! I agree, I don't eat tomatoes either! :)

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  7. yum! this looks delish. Looks like I know what I'm making next week for dinner!

  8. I can vouch that pelaus taste amazing and they are one of the dishes that I such at making!! I'm craving it now so going to give your recipe a try asap!!! And pinning for future tries too! I also love beef pelau.

  9. Yayyyyy!! Definitely gonna try this! Sounds like it'll work great for something to make during the week when I want something easy. Can't go wrong with one pot dishes.

  10. This sounds so delicious and different!!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Mum's pelau is the best ever!!!
    Yum! Great post and great pics!!

  12. And you were about to not post this. You're crazy! This looks fantastic and I've been wanting to try cooking with coconut oil. Bring me to the islands, lady ;)

  13. Oh my gosh! YUM!

  14. This looks SO good! It's definitely outside my wheelhouse but I'd love to give it a try. One question though: What on earth are pigeon peas??

  15. OMG, this looks absolutely delicious! And yes, please share more recipes!!!

  16. Looks great! It actually looks like a spicy arroz con gandules which is a Puerto Rican dish. I'm going to try this - possibly next weekend - and will let you know how it comes out! I'm excited.

  17. Seriously, it's 4AM and I'm craving this. OMG! It looks delicious. Send me some!

  18. Wow, this looks amazing! I think I might have to try it out. Minus the chicken plus the lentils. Oh, and I will eat the tomatoes for you! Thanks for sharing! :)


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