Trinidad Pelau


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

close up view of Trinidad Pelau beef with rise, carrots and peas
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 pound beef for stew, cut in 1 inch pieces

  • 2 cups fresh pigeon peas

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 ½ cups uncooked brown rice

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1 cup chopped carrot

  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Cook sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat until it begins to caramelize. Stir in beef and cook until well browned.

  2. Add in peas, water, rice, coconut milk, and carrot, and bring to a simmer.

  3. Cover and cook until rice is done, about 25 minutes.

  4. Stir in parsley to garnish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

541 Calories
25g Fat
58g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 541
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 69mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 24mg 121%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 806mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love