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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

541 calories; protein 22.1g 44% DV; carbohydrates 58.3g 19% DV; fat 24.8g 38% DV; cholesterol 50.7mg 17% DV; sodium 69.4mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2006
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/27/2006
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. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/12/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2014
Well a lot of things are missing. The beef or chicken should be seasoned with fresh season like garlic chive celery and pimento pepper. Seasoning salts can also be used. The meat had to be tender before adding the rice peas and pumpkin. Coconut milk isn't necessary but would enhance the flavor. You can also use both beef and chicken Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/25/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/27/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2011
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2010
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! Read More
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