Pelau is a classic Trini dish. It’s basically a one pot cook that involves ‘stewing’ a meat then adding rice, coconut milk and vegetables.


For Beef:

  • 1 lb beef, cut into small pieces
  • 2 pimentos(flavour peppers), chopped
  • Hot pepper (as you like)
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 tsp JGM Products MSG free all-purpose seasoning
  • 2 tsp JGM Products paprika
  • 2 tbsp. green seasoning

For cooking:

  • 1 cup parboiled rice
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup green pigeon peas
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin, sliced
  • 1 tbsp green seasoning
  • Water, as much as you need
  • 2 tbsp golden ray butter
  • 1 tsp JGM Products msg free all purpose seasoning (or as needed)


  • 1 1/2 tbsp Soy sauce (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients listed below ‘For the beef’. Mix well and set aside to marinate for as long as you like.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a pot over low/medium heat.
  3. Add sugar. Keep stirring until the sugar caramelizes and it forms a cake batter like mixture.
  4. Add ketchup. Stir well then add the seasoned beef. Mix well to ensure that all pieces of beef are properly coated with the sugar/ketchup mixture.
  5. Keep the heat on low and cover the pot. Cook for roughly 20 minutes or until the meat has softened up.
  6. Once it is soft, add the rice. Mix well to ensure the rice is properly coated. At this step you can cover the pot just for a minute or two to help the rice get the brown color from the caramelized sugar.
  7. Add all other ingredients to the pot except the green seasoning, golden ray butter and extra all purpose seasoning. Mix well.
  8. Cook until the rice is soft to your liking and/or until it’s either as wet or dry as you like. Stir occasionally to ensure it isn’t sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  9. When it near finishing, add the extra green seasoning and golden ray butter. Taste and add more all purpose seasoning if necessary. This contains salt so adjust accordingly.
  10. Enjoy your pelau.

NOTE: The soy sauce can be added if the color isn’t as brown as you It will add some salt to the pelau so keep this in mind when adding more of the all purpose seasoning.

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