How to Make Trinidadian Pelau. The secret to making a delicious Trinidadian pelau is carmelized meat, a traditionally African food that is common in Trinidadian recipes. If you are looking for comfort food with a Creole flare, then Trinidadian pelau is a great dish to start with.
Season the chicken with salt, pepper, thyme, chives and garlic. Let it marinate for a minimum of on hour, but overnight is best.
Heat the oil in a heavy iron saucepan. Add the brown sugar and cook it until it's dark brown and syrupy.
Add the chicken and simmer until the meat is browned on both sides.
Stir in a little bit of water and continue to cook the chicken for about 20 minutes.
Add the pigeon peas, celery, carrots, tomatoes, coconut milk, soy sauce, hot green pepper, onions, remaining water and rice.
Bring the mixture to a simmer. Cover the saucepan and cook the mixture until the rice is done, approximately 20 minutes. Add extra water if the rice is drying out too much.