About this recipe: Pelau is a stew from Trinidad made with either beef or chicken. The unique flavour comes from searing the meat in caramelised sugar then simmering with rice, coconut milk and peas. Serve accompanied with slices of tomato, avocadoes or cucumber.
This stew is usually made with pigeon peas, but they are difficult to find.
I found it a little flavourless so added an beef cube, and paprika, and ended up adding an extra 4 cups of water while it was cooking which left it bland with out extra ingredients. I also bought tinned chickpeas which resulted in very tasty and tender beef - 25 Oct 2011
My family is Grenadian and we eat Pelau too. We don't use coconut milk but it could only make this great family favorite better.Very easy to make since it's all in one pot. - 19 Apr 2006 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I had to use kidney beans in place of the pigeon peas, but otherwise made this to spec. It's unbelievably simple and good. I look forward to enjoying this for many meals to come. Nice recipe! - 03 Jul 2008 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)