Cookup Rice

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Joined Apr 19, 2001
Yum, Shawty! I'll have to do a veggie version of this for my guys! This sounds a lot like the 'perlow' of the Carolinas' coastal regions, only the perlow is a much simplified version.

Perlow

2 cups rice
4 cups water or chicken broth
cut up bone in, skin on chicken pieces (cut larger pieces like breasts into 2)
Smoked sausage cut into 2 inch pieces
chopped onion and garlic
Optional - crushed red pepper flakes
parsley
salt/pepper

Saute onion/garlic and crushed red pepper in oil, add rice, water or broth, chicken, sausage, and pepper. bring to a boil, lower heat and cover, and let simmer til rice is done and chicken is cooked; check for seasoning and add salt if needed; stir in chopped parsley.

Sorry I can't give exact amounts for the meat or onion; it's one of those 'eyeball' things!
 
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Joined Feb 6, 2002
You could say that it is Pellau (west indian spelling :) ), there are so many different names for a dish that is prepared everywhere with slight variations.

I made a version of this the night I posted the recipe. I dont have a physical-written-on-paper recipe for mine but it sounds very close to yours. Unfortunately, Im one of those who cooks by instinct, :rolleyes: , so I don't have accurately measured ingredients. I dont think any west indian has actual accurately measured ingredients. Here is the gist of the one I made:

1 large onion chopped (I love onion but you can use a smaller one)
2 cans chicken broth
2 cloves garlic, smashed
Couple pinches of thyme
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 shakes of red pepper flakes
bone in chicken pieces, cut into pieces (the bones are added too)
Cajun sausage, sliced then chopped
a little veggie/olive oil to saute
a pat of unsalted butter

Saute onion, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Add chicken and sausage and brown a little. Remove. Add rice and cook, stirring, until traslucent and coated. Return chicken and sausage to pan. Add broth bring to a boil then lower to a simmer. Add pat of butter and cover. Simmer till meat is done and rice is cooked. Adjust seasoning and serve hot with pickled cucumber and lite salad. Mainly just a few lettuce leaves and tomato.

Pickled Cucumbers

1 or 2 cucumbers peeled, scored lengthwise with a fork and sliced thin
Salt & Pepper
Half a small onion chopped fine
Juice of 1 lime
A few drops of Hot Sauce
Few thyme leaves

In a small bowl combine all ingredients, adjust seasonings and refrigerate until ready to serve.

I call it pickled cucumbers. Im not sure what other Bajans call it but I had to name it something. :) Its a staple during Sunday dinner along with Coleslaw, Potatoe Salad, Plain Salad with no dressing and Soda mixed with Coconut water. Dessert for kids is when the ice cream man comes around. :) Fond memories.

Edit: I forgot to mention. Before cooking my chicken I do what all Bajans do. Clean the chicken, trim off any excess fat and the skin, sprinkle with salt and squeeze the juice of 2 limes over it. Let it sit in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until you are finished prepping everything else. Its usually the latter one. When ready to cook.....rinse chicken, cut slits near the bone and stuff with Bajan seasoning. Continue with recipe. For this recipe you can just coat chicken with a thin layer of seasoning. I was told that "lime and salting" removes the raw taste. My mom has another explanation that Im not supposed to share with anyone :rolleyes:

Im a little embarrassed about my recipe writing skills. I hope these are understandable.
 
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Your recipes are perfectly clear, Shawty!

Ummm - the 'pickled' cucumbers don't have any vinegar in them?
I love to see dishes like this, that have started out in one country as a dish, then travelled halfway across the globe, being modified by each country it visits!
 
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Joined Feb 6, 2002
See what I mean about my recipe writing skills? :blush: I knew I was forgetting something........Ive edited it to add the juice of 1 lime. That's the acid in this dish.

Jodi
 

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