#chowchow #trinidad #relish

Chow Chow is a MUST HAVE for most Trinis around the end of year holiday season. It’s similar to that of relish and is normally eaten with homemade bread and chicken/beef or on pastelles etc.

This recipe is a MUST TRY!



  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 cup Bodi/yard beans
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 1 hot pepper (can be adjusted)
  • 6-7 pimento
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt


  • 15-18 cloves
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tumeric
  • 2 1/2 tbsp mustard
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 2 1/4 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp JGM PRODUCTS ginger powder


  1. Finely chop all vegetables listed below ‘PART 1’. Place in a bowl with the salt and cover with water. Soak overnight. Remove from the water the following morning and set aside.
  2. Add all ingredients listed below ‘PART 2’ to a pot over low/medium heat. Mix well to ensure there are clumps of cornstarch and mixture is smooth, Bring to a boil for roughly 10 minutes and allow mixture to thicken.
  3. Once it has thickened, remove all whole cloves. You can strain the mixture.
  4. Add all vegetables to the pot and continue cooking on low/medium heat.
  5. Taste and adjust sugar if needed.
  6. Enjoy your chow with homemade breadpastelle  or roasted chicken

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