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Recipe: Make the Perfect Trinidad and Tobago Pelau in 8 Simple Steps

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Pelau rice is a hearty favorite dish in Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean island recipe includes tender chicken, coconut milk, sugar, rice, vegetables, and herbs. It’s a one-pot dish you can serve with slices of cucumber or salad to your family. 

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In Eastern Africa, pelau rice is called pilau, a spicy dish made with beef, local herbs, and vegetables without coconut milk or sugar. 

In this guide, you’ll learn how to make chicken pelau authentically.

Get your pots and ingredients ready!

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How to Make Chicken Pelau

Recipe: Make the Perfect Trinidad and Tobago Pelau in 8 Simple Steps
Ingredients-for-chicken-pelau-Trinidad-and-Tobago-recipe. Image source-Foodie Nation

Ingredients

  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½  tbsp salt 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup pigeon peas
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsps brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp black pepper 
  • ¾ cup chopped carrot
  • 1½ cups uncooked rice 
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¾  cup chopped pumpkin
  • 2  pimento pepper, chopped 
  • 1 lb chicken, cut and seasoned
  • 1 tbsp chadon beni/culantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Put a large pot on fire on medium heat and cook the sugar until it browns
  2. Add the seasoned chicken to the melted and brown sugar, stir, cover the pot, and allow the chicken to cook for 15 minutes.
  3. Add the bay leaf, pumpkin, carrots, pigeon peas, onion, black pepper to taste, ½ teaspoon of salt, and cilantro.
  4. Stir the ingredients, wash, and add the rice. 
  5. Pour in the coconut milk and stir. Add a little water.
  6. Cover the pot and allow the chicken pelau to cook for 30 minutes on low heat.
  7. Dip a spatula in the bottom of the pot to check if the rice has absorbed the liquid
  8.  Stir in parsley and pimento and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Serve

Tips for Cooking Chicken Pelau

  • Wash the rice to get rid of the starchiness
  • You can add a bit of water to the pot after the coconut milk
  • Add a few slices of cucumbers on the side and you’re all set.
  • Also, add some fresh salad on the side while serving
  • Season the chicken with garlic cloves, ginger, onion, black pepper, and fresh herbs, including thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, and paprika.
  • You can substitute chicken for beef but use green seasoning before adding to the pot.

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Trinidad and Tobago Pelau

Trinidad and Tobago
Recipe: Make the Perfect Trinidad and Tobago Pelau in 8 Simple StepsSedi Djentuh
Pelau rice is a hearty favorite dish in Trinidad and Tobago. The Caribbean island recipe includes tender chicken, coconut milk, sugar, rice, vegetables, and herbs. It’s a one-pot dish you can serve with slices of cucumber or salad to your family.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 5
Calories 439 kcal

Equipment

Non stick cooping pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup pigeon peas
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsps brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • ¾ cup chopped carrot
  • cups uncooked rice
  • Fresh parsley chopped
  • ¾ cup chopped pumpkin
  • 2 pimento pepper chopped
  • 1 lb chicken cut and seasoned
  • 1 tbsp chadon beni/culantro chopped

Instructions
 

  • Put a large pot on fire on medium heat and cook the sugar until it browns
  • Add the seasoned chicken to the melted and brown sugar, stir, cover the pot, and allow the chicken to cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add the bay leaf, pumpkin, carrots, pigeon peas, onion, black pepper to taste, ½ teaspoon of salt, and cilantro.
  • Stir the ingredients, wash, and add the rice.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and stir. Add a little water.
  • Cover the pot and allow the chicken pelau to cook for 30 minutes on low heat.
  • Dip a spatula in the bottom of the pot to check if the rice has absorbed the liquid
  • Stir in parsley and pimento and simmer for 5 minutes.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cupCalories: 439kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 37gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8.8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7.8gCholesterol: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6.5g
Keyword Pelau
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Sedi Djentuh
Sedi Djentuh
Hey, Sedi here, a content writer. She's fascinated by the interplay between people, lifestyle, relationships, tech and communication dedicated to empowering and spreading positive messages about humanity. She's an avid reader and a student of personal weekly workouts. When she's not writing, Sedi is busy advocating for plastic-free earth with her local NGO.

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