Vegetarian Recipes

Callaloo Seasoned Rice – Jamaican Recipes

Written by Xavier Murphy

Are you ready to breakaway from the traditional way of cooking Callaloo? The leafy vegetable, Callaloo (amaranth), is a popular Caribbean dish and has it’s orgins in West Africa. It is served in different ways across the Caribbean. In Jamaica it is typically cooked with cod fish (salfish). Callaloo Seasoned Rice takes a Jamaican favorite and adds a new spin to make a one pot meal. It can also be used as a great side dish. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups of freshly chopped callaloo (washed and stripped) or canned callaloo
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon pimento
  • 3 cups  water
  • 2 sprig thyme
  • 2 small scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 tbsp. soft margarine
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 2 stalk escallion
  • 4 cups rice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • Optional – Add Cock soup mix for additional flavor

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METHOD:

 

  1. Melt the margarine in a pot. Saute the garlic, onion, pimento thyme and escallion for 2 minutes
  2. Add the callaloo and saute for about 2 minutes
  3. Rinse the rice 3 times to reduce stickiness
  4. Add water and coconut milk to the pot (Add Cock soup mix)
  5. Add the rice to the mixture (the liquid mixture should be 1 ½ inch above the rice. Add more water if necessary)
  6. Add salt and black pepper
  7. Stir the ingredients then add the scotch bonnet peppers in the pot. Cover the pot and allow the rice to steam.
  8. Cook on a low fire for 10 minutes
  9. Cook until all the liquid has been absorbed and rice is cooked.
  10. Serves 8.

About the author

Xavier Murphy