Recipe by Ayestar
"This is a tasty Caribbean dish using chicken, curry and rice all cooked together. It is an easy, one-pot meal sure to please the entire family."
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bone-in chicken pieces
salt and pepper to taste
uncooked white rice
excellent quick meal
I live in Trinidad, where the Pelau was invented, my family has asksed me to give some "Pelau education" and rescue the reputation of a national dish. Firstly, we dont use curry! Maybe a tsp when "seasoning" the whole chicken, but not to this extent. Secondly, Pelaus can be made with ANYTHING, it's the method that's standard . . . and this is not it. The actual method is somewhat tedious, though we do call it a "fast-pot" or "one-pot". I will post a more genuine recipe soon, but beware that we eat highly "seasoned" foods unlike those generally consumed in the US.
This recipe is very similar to one given to me a few years ago, from someone in Saudi Arabia, for a dish called Cupsa (it's one of my favorites). The main differences are that my cupsa recipe calls for cinnamon (almost the same amount as the curry), some cumin, bay leaves, and diced tomatoes. My husband likes it with Ranch dressing but I prefer Tabasco on top. Yuuuummy!
I gave this a 3 out of 5 - curry flavor was nice but it lacked something - not enough taste for us. Was definitely quick and easy to make on the first try.
This was ok. It was easy, but I'll make some changes next time. First of all, I thought the recipe called for too much curry. Secondly, I think it needs something sweet in it to lighten the curry a bit. Maybe coconut milk. I'd say this is an easy recipe with potential.
Not bad, very easy to make without much cleanup required.
Note that the instructions mentioned adding thyme, but it wasn't listed in the ingredients. I added a tsp, but should have added more, as the recipe did feel like it was missing "something".
My kids and my husband enjoyed it (as did I, once I added some salsa.)
I had to give one star cause it does not allow me to give less. We do not put curry in pelau. This is a one-pot dish, yes, but it takes a whole lot more effort and has a whole lot more flavour, including that of coconut milk.
The chicken came out very tough, but the rice was delicious. Next time I will make it with boneless chicken pieces, and add a little coconut milk. Definitely has potential.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 595
** Calories from Fat: 235
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