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Trinidad Pelau Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Trinidad Pelau

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"Pelau is a stew from Trinidad made with either beef or chicken. The unique flavor comes from searing the meat in caramelized sugar then simmering with rice, coconut milk, and pigeon peas. Serve accompanied by slices of tomato, avocadoes, or cucumber."

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  1. Cook sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until it begins to caramelize. Stir in the beef, and cook until well browned. Bring the water, coconut milk, rice, pigeon peas, and carrot to a simmer; cover and cook until rice is done, about 25 minutes. Stir in parsley to garnish.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 25 mins
  • READY IN 35 mins

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 19, 2006

My family is Grenadian and we eat Pelau too. We don't use coconut milk but it could only make this great family favorite better.Very easy to make since it's all in one pot.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 27, 2006

We didn't like this recipie. I had to use a different type of bean, because i couldnt find this one in our stores, and the beef i used was very bad, so don't take my word as absolute. The recipie might come out better for someone else. I think it could have used some more liquid in it though as well.


25 Ratings

Jul 03, 2008

I had to use kidney beans in place of the pigeon peas, but otherwise made this to spec. It's unbelievably simple and good. I look forward to enjoying this for many meals to come. Nice recipe!

Sep 12, 2007

I ended up using the entire can (~1.25 cups) of coconut milk and approximately a cup of beef broth (which really boosted the flavour)-the rice need much more liquid. The recipe is mild and the milk gives it a beautiful creamy texture. While I wasn't thrilled with the result, my husband quite liked it. I think this will be a "back-pocket" recipe for any time I need to feed someone who isn't a fan of spice but loves protein and rice!

Jul 21, 2011

My mother is a Trini, but she has been sick for years and doesn't cook anymore, but this Pelau is just like hers. Thank you for posting this recipe. She sometimes used to use salted pig tails.

Mar 29, 2010

This was wonderfully simple and very tasty. I didn't have coconut milk so substituted evaporated milk in which I soaked a tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut. I also used kidney beans. A healthy treat we will definitely have again!

Sep 25, 2009

I tried this recipe over the weekend, it was a hit. My mother-inlaw loved it. My wife suggested to use a little thyme to give it a more authentic taste. I used kidney beans instead of pigeon peas, I also put corn and green peas, to me this added to the color along with the flavor.

Nov 21, 2006

This is so deliciious. You can make it with or without the coconut milk and it is still good. Another variation is to use chicken broth or beef consume broth instead of water.


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  • Calories
  • 541 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 58.3 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 24.8 g
  • 38%
  • Fiber
  • 5.3 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 22.1 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 69 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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