My favourite bean is red bean or kidney bean, but I had never thought it would be perfect in a red bean pelau with salt beef. I was introduced to this remarkable dish by my mother-in-law. So I had to get this recipe from her, directly with pictures and all. If you must make it, it must be done to taste a particular way and this way is simply the best. Yes, the list of ingredients almost seem unending, but it is necessary to create the right taste in your mouth. This recipe is as simple as I can give it.
Now, one ingredient that makes this a signature dish is the salted beef or salt-cured beef (locally referred to as salt beef). It is one method to preserve meat. It is available in the market or in the supermarket; sometimes in a vacuum plastic bag like pig tails. Most have a little fat with it but their is no need to trim off the fat. I prefer to boil the meat in water before adding it to the main meal to remove some of the salt.
It can be very salty at times. Remove from the water and then add it with the peas and pressure cook it again. Or in this case I just pressure cooked the salt beef with the peas to save time. This makes sure the meat is tender. However, remember this when you are attempting this red bean pelau recipe.
On a side note, I have not neglected you all. Our computers are functioning on a lower capacity. One is being repaired and the other is under a lot of pressure. It is the main computer for everything right now. So, right now we can rightly say we are forced to do our work “one day at a time“. I wonder if Trini’s remember this song (sang by Cristy Lane) that was played everyday in the 1980’s and early 90’s.
I grew up hearing this song. I believe it was Dave Elcock who played it every morning on 610 a.m. radio. If you want to go down memory lane, I embedded a video of this song in the bottom of this post. So enjoy the recipe and the video and remember, living one day at a time is not so bad after all. We would do well adopting this as an anthem for living.
RED BEAN PELAU WITH SALT BEEF
1 ¼ cup red bean, soaked
1 lb salt beef, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, sliced
6 sprigs fine leaf thyme
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 whole pimento pepper or scotch bonnet pepper
3 tomatoes, diced
1 tbsp brown sugar
3 cups rice, washed
1/2 pack coconut milk + 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp ketchup
1 tbsp oil
3 ochroes, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup pumpkin, diced (optional)
Place the salted beef in a pressure cooker, together with the red beans and cover with water.
Cook for about 20 minutes or until soft.
Note: For simplicity sake the beef was just placed in the bowl with the seasoning…
We are not seasoning the beef.
Back to the recipe 🙂
Caramelize the sugar in a deep pot.
Note: From experience, adding the oil after lessens probability of the hot oil splattering on you.
Then add the coconut milk mixture and ketchup. Stir.
Note: You may have to add a little bit of water cover the rice.
Cover and let simmer until the rice is cooked.
Note: While the rice is cooking turn occasionally and add water if necessary.
Of course as promised here’s “One Day at a Time”. I could almost hear Dave Elcock on his morning show on 610 radio….Those were the days 🙂
Well there you have it, a little piece of yesteryear and a good ole trini recipe to go with it. Do enjoy our red bean pelau with salt beef.
Ah Gone 🙂