Callaloo Cook-up Rice Recipe

4 Jul

Callaloo cook up

Callaloo cook-up Rice is a one-pot rice dish that consists of rice, a variety of meats, and fresh herbs that is cooked with coconut milk and callaloo.

1/2 lb Pickled pig’s tail (1 large-tail) or pig’s foot
1 lb Beef stew meat, cubed
2 tb Oil
1/2 lb Raw tripe *
5 c Water
1 md Onion, peeled and chopped
2 Garlic cloves, peeled and
1 lb Calalloo (Spinach) leaves, chopped (see
1/4 ts Chopped fresh Habanero-(Scotch Bonnet) pepper **
5 Ounce can coconut milk
Salt and pepper
1 lb long-grain rice
1/2 c Chopped red bell pepper,
-for garnish
* (may substitute chicken)

Put the pig’s tail in pot and cover with water; bring to a boil, and
boil for 1 hour. Drain and set aside. Brown beef in oil, then add
tripe and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook at a gentle
boil for about 1 hour. Add pig’s tail and cook until liquid has
reduced to about 3 cups. Cut tripe into pieces and cut meat from
pig’s foot; return meats to pot.
Add onion, garlic, taro leaves, Habanero, coconut milk and salt and
pepper to taste. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add rice. Cover the pot,
reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, until mixture “looks
nice and green.” Garnish with chopped red pepper.
In Guyana, where the dish originates, Cook-Up Rice is a must-have dish on Old Year’s Night (New Year’s Eve). Large pots of Cook-Up Rice are made with bits of ham, tripe, salted pork and fresh beef. The peas/beans of choice usually being black-eye peas.

By Bridgette de Souza

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