Wednesday, 4 March 2009

My Caribbean Meal

Untill I found Cynthia's blog Taste Like Home I had no clue about Carribean Cusine and I was really surprised in when I saw in her place that they use lot of Indian ingridients and lots of recipes are almost same like this Roti or

even this souree as she name it , i remeber seeing this in her place and lots of memory from my chidhood flased back eating them just like that straight from the tree, also mom used to add to fish dishes especially sardines, the thought makes itself makes my mouth drool.
So when Meeta announced this months I started googling for recipes. After googling and drooling in different pages I decided I will make this Jamaican Jerk Chicken , original recipe here and this Rice and Beans, recipe here.

Ofcourse i didn't add into the chicekn marinade 1 habanero peper instead of 2, I didn't want to blow my families little brains with the hotness :-)
Didn't had fresh thyme so addded dried ones.
Also used tinned beans.

All of us loved the spicy chicken and the rice was totally differen in taste than my usual pulao etc..... this is something i will be making again.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Ingredients
3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into chunks
2 limes, juiced
Half cup water
12teaspoons ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cups chopped green onions
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1habanero peppers, chopped
1. Place chicken in a medium bowl. Cover with lime juice and water. Set aside.

2. In a blender or food processor, place allspice, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar, thyme, ginger, black pepper and vegetable oil. Blend well, then mix in onions, green onions, garlic and habanero peppers until almost smooth.

3. Pour most of the blended marinade mixture into bowl with chicken, reserving a small amount to use as a basting sauce while cooking. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. ( I did overnight)
4. I did them in a preheated oven for 200°C for 25 to 30 minutes or till they were well done, turning them once a while and brushes with the left over marinade.

Rice & Beans (Haitian Style) .

INGREDIENTS
1 (8 ounce) package dry kidney beans
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 bulb shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
200 gm uncooked long grain white rice ( i used basmati rice)
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves (used three whole ones)
3 sprigs fresh parsley (used dried)
3 sprigs fresh thyme (used dried)
1 scotch bonnet chile pepper ( used 2 normal indian chillies)

Place beans in a large pot, and cover with 3 inches of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. Drain, reserving liquid. (I used Tinned ones)

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute shallot and garlic until fragrant. Stir in cooked beans, and cook for 2 minutes. Measure 400 ml waterand stir into skillet. Stir in the uncooked rice.
Season with bay leaves, adobo seasoning, salt, pepper, and cloves.
Place sprigs of parsley and thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper on top, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 18 to 20 minutes. Remove thyme, parsley, and scotch bonnet pepper to serve.


71 comments:

Parker said...

I love caribbean foods, especially the jerk! Your jerk recipe sounds great I will definetly have to try it. Last time I made it, mine needed more heat.

Priya said...

Wow delicious meal...Jerk chicken makes me hungry....mouthwatering dishes HC!!!

Laavanya said...

That looks like a fabulous caribbean meal.. i will check out the beans & rice.

Sara said...

I love caribbean food, for some reason I never think to make it. You've inspired me to put it on the dinner menu for next week!

Asha said...

YAY!! I made those too along with Festival, will post one day, is in the draft. Looks great F, lovely combo. I love Jerk seasoning! :)

Snooky doodle said...

this dish looks so good. I love indian so Caribean cooking must be good :) Looks so yummy :)

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Peter M said...

Jerk chicken is one of my favourite marinades for chicken. This will become a favourite for your family.

Happy cook said...

Parker thankyou this is my first time making this chicken and we all fell in love with it.

Priya it was delicious ; thankyou

Laavanya try the beans and rice i was surprised by the delicious new flavour

Sara, this is the first time i make a meal like this and loves it, try them.

Asha looking forward to your post i am sure it will be fabulous as always.

Snokey doodle you sure will love them then.

Girija try them you will love it, will come and check out the link.

Petre M This is the first time i make these and here we fell in love with the dish as you said it is sure going be there much more often.

5 Star Foodie said...

ooo, jerk chicken sounds good! I haven't made that dish in a long time. Yum!

veggie belly said...

thats what i love about caribbean - it has a lot of indian elemnts to it. jerk spices just make everything extra special!

Cynthia said...

I hope that you have saved some of that food for me! :) Gosh, you make me hungry.

Ashwini said...

Have heard that jamaican seasoning is very nice..Never tried..Though a vegeterian..That chicken looks so yummy..

♥Rosie♥ said...

WOW oh WOW H.C. this is one delicious meal!! I have only ever made Jerk chicken once before, thank you for reminding me how good Jerk chicken is!!

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Rosie x

AnuSriram said...

Looks lovely! Never tried carribean recipes..

indosungod said...

Nothing says carribean better than jerk chicken. They looks so very good.

Happy cook said...

5 star foodie, now that you have seen it here you will make them again ;-)

Veggie belly that is what i thought too when i was first in cynthias place.

Cynthia hi hi you drooling over this, mostly i am the one who is drooling in your place. Well as it was so delicious everything was finished. No left overs.

Ashwinin if i can make a vegetarian drool then it must be really tempting :-)

Rosie do make this, to remind you of the wonderful taste again and i will be there in a flash.

Indosungod thankyou.

Maria♥ said...

I've never had the pleasure of trying Jerk Chicken or caribbean food come to think of it. Your meal really looks great and it's making me hungry!!

Maria
x

notyet100 said...

yummy platter,.:-)

Jescel said...

wow, this looks good.. i love jamaican jerk chicken! Yum!

Cham said...

I would have blow my family with hot sauce. Oh it is kind of paradise food!

Elra said...

Delicious and mouth watering recipe, love the scot bonnet peper, why only one? Let's put two or three. Spicy, yes, but it delicious no?
Cheers,
elra

Sandeepa said...

This looks so good, makes me hungry too

bee said...

jerk anything is tasty. lovely recipe.

Vicky Xavier. said...

Jerk chicken looks so classic dear.

Varsha Vipins said...

oh..That chicken left me drooling all over here..looks like our good ole' Kebabas...yum..:)

Superchef said...

looks like a fab meal! i had made caribbean chicken wings for superbowl and everyone loved it! great entry for the event, dear.

Meera said...

That looks so fabulous. Wonderful meal indeed, HC!!

My comfort food network said...

I too haven't really eaten Caribbean food. But I do know that there are a lot of similarity to our Indian food. Your Chicken looks absolutely delicious, I am surely going to try this one.

It is such a coincidence that I made a similar rice dish today, but instead of using white rice I used brown and wild rice. I wish I had your chicken to go with it.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've never had jerk chicken but it looks wonderful!

meeso said...

Yum, excellent and mouthwatering! It's so nice to try something new and different!!!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

I LOVE jerk chicken! This looks so fantastic!

Poornima Nair said...

Wow...that looks great...So tempting!

Suma Rajesh said...

woo..looks wonderful meal...perfect..

Yasmeen said...

Spicy Caribbean flavors,the harbanero is surely the hottest addition.Filling meal with chicken ,rice and beans:)

LG said...

I have never explored Carribean food, looks like it is time to turn over those pages. Meal looks delicious HC

aquadaze said...

looks so so yummy HC!

Nags said...

That definitely looks super good!

Premyscakes said...

Looks fabulous.
cheers.

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Ivy said...

I also learned a lot about Caribbean cooking from Cynthia and there are a lot in common with Indian cuisine. Your recipe sounds delicious.

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Hi HC

It's about six months ago that I got a book on carribean cooking and I've regularly doing dishes from there - just love this cuisine!!!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow yummy......Awesome menu....

Maria said...

HC, I really admire you for making such variety of dishes!! This dish is completely new to me and like this I always learn about new dishes/ingredients etc when I visit your blog...great effort keep going :)

Anne said...

That looks really tasty!

Soma said...

Great one HC!! Lovely combination & I feel like eating it right away. when we were in the islands, we would eat the dirty rice for every meal!Caribbean food rocks. I should make the jerk chicken sometimes.

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

What a wonderful dishes sunny and flavor ones I want them for my lunch!!
This Jamaican chicken looks delicious…Caribbean foods like these recipes are so motivating :)

Cheers!
Gera

Rina said...

Happy!!! this is so cool...nice combo...and thanks for the jerk chicken recipe...Also i liked, you using basmati rice to make the bean rice...cause i don't like the short grain fat rice for this...will love to try this rice and chicken...as always u r so good in demos...

Maria said...

What a fun, tasty meal!

Vani said...

Had jerk chicken when I went to Jamaica on a vacation years ago. It was sooooo good! Once we came back home, I ordered it at a restaurant but it was not the same at all.
Your chicken looks delicious, HC! And making the jerk sauce from scratch is way better than using jerk seasoning that's available in food markets. Nice one there!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love Jerk Chicken! It is amazing stuff, reminds me of our honeymoon to Jamaica. I also love Cynthia and her blog!

Arfi Binsted said...

These look so deliciously tempting, Happy. WOW, I wish I were there!

healthydelicious said...

this looks so flavorful

Raaga said...

everything looks nice :) even I am amazed at the similarity of food :)

Jaya said...

Happy,
the rice combo with beans looks so good and the chicken also seems to me quite like reshmi kababs ..I am sure they must have tasted heaven on earth :)).....
I have used the Jerk chicken seasoning while making chicken curry(that waslong ago while living in US) and it tastes great...
The meal combo is just too good :))...Happy ...
hugs and smiles

Preety said...

i also get to know about this wonderful cuisine by the event..nice entry from your side..

Pam said...

The whole meal looks amazing - especially the jerk chicken.

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Wow, that is what we had for dinner today, since we came back from Jamaica we are eating jerk chicken and rice & peas :))))
Have a good weekend, Margot

Femin Susan said...

will surely try this out.
Cheers!

Vandana Rajesh said...

Wow this looks tasty can't wait to try it. Saw the jerk chicken on meeta's blog yesterday and couldn't get over it and now ur chicken its all driving my tastebuds crazy. Great dinner must say.

Mallugirl said...

i love jerk chicken.. u are right, till i came to us, i had no idea it was similar to our food. looks good!!

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DEESHA said...

I have never tastes carribean food .. sounds good to me

Divya Vikram said...

Am seeing a lot of Caribbean foods around. Just delicious!

MeetaK said...

a lovely jerk chicken recipe HC! love the rice too as I love anything with beans. Great entry to the MM - thanks!

Jeena said...

This looks lovely you picked a great recipe to cook.

I love the currant pastries too they look so sticky and delicious mmmmmmmm!

jesse said...

Beautiful!! The jerk chicken looks fantastic, and I just love what you've done with the rice... it looks amazing!

MaryBeth said...

I have never eaten Caribbean food but I can this looks really great and has made me want to give it a try.

Priti said...

The other day I came to know about jerk sauce and here it is...looks wonderful ...lovley combo

Sig said...

Love Jerk chicken! We had the authentic version from a jerk stall in Jamaica along with roasted breadfruit, it was so yum!

Kevin said...

That jerk chicken looks really tasty!