The Caribbean Kitchen - Recipe 027

027 - Mary's Trinidadian Pelau

by Mary de Verteuil
added 09 August 2003




Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes, then leave in closed oven until needed!!
To serve: 6 West Indians (or 10 - 12 north americans!!)
Timing Hints: The Pelau only takes half an hour to make once you get started. As long as you turn the oven off at 30 minutes and leave the pan inside there there is no rush to serve it.

Equipment Hints: Again, this is a classic one-pot dish from a cuisine where many families only have one pot. Use your heaviest, thickest bottom, covered pot or oven-ready skillet for best results. Or, if an open casserole dish. cover tightly with foil.

About 3 tbsp cooking oil
1 tbsp brown sugar

1 whole fryer chicken or thighs, drumsticks breasts etc.
1 large onion, chopped
Garlic, chopped
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tomato cut up
1/4 tsp hot sauce (optional)
Thyme, chives
1 tsp curry powder (optional)
Salt, pepper

4 cups water

2 cups (a "pint") rice
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Heat brown sugar in oil until melted and caramelized. Add chicken and brown in the hot oil.

Add all seasonings and cook stirring for 3 5 minutes. Add about 2 cups of water and cook covered until chicken is tender, adding more water if necessary to prevent burning.

When chicken is cooked, measure liquid in pot and add water to make up 4 cups (twice the quantity of rice). Add all of the rice.

Cook covered over medium heat until rice is cooked and all water is absorbed, stirring occasionally.

Raisins can be added with the water or when rice is almost cooked.

SplatterFlinger's notes/suggestions:
  • Chicken pieces pre-cleaned of bones and cartilage add convenience for that more "sophisticated" setting, where "ladies" may be seated.
  • Health-conscious individuals may also want to remove the skin from the chicken before cooking - another decision about whether to either enhance the flavour or to remove the cholesterol.
  • This is an excellent all-in-one dish for making in quantity, portioning out and freezing for the convenience of future snacks or meals.
  • This is also an excellent picnic meal for the beach - excellent eaten either warm or cool.



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