A vegetable dish with roots in West Africa, callaloo was brought to the Caribbean by slaves and is still a vital part of diets on Jamaica and Dominica plus Trinidad and Tobago.
- 1 bunch dasheen leaves (root vegetable of the Caribbean or tarrow root)
- 15 okra (soft tips, cut into 1 inch pieces )
- 2 stems chives (chopped coarsely)
- 1 onion (medium, sliced)
- 1 sprig thyme (stem and leaves)
- 1 bunch celery (chopped roughly)
- 1 garlic clove (crushed)
- 1 whole hot pepper
- 1 pimentos (chopped)
- 2 1⁄2 cups coconut milk (freshly squeezed, coconut milk powder or frozen can be used)
- 1⁄4 lb salted pork tail (adding pig tail is optional. Boil out salt 30 mins in water until tender and cut in to 1inch pieces)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
1.Separate leaves from stems. Thoroughly wash leaves and strip the stems. Tear leaves apart with hands into smaller pieces. Chop stems into about 2 inches length.
2.Add all the ingredients into a medium pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then allow to simmer for 20 mins or until the okra seeds turn pink.
3.Taste and season with salt & pepper if necessary.
4.When the callaloo is done the leaves and okras should be tender and there should be enough liquid to blend the ingredients. If not add a little warm water to bring to a soup consistency.
5.Remove from heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes. Remove the pork tails before blending.
6.Using a hand blender, blend the callaloo until all the ingredients are pureed.
7.Store in a clean pot with pork tails and reheat before serving.
8.Serve with rice, stewed Caribbean chicken, potato salad, boiled provisions, cole slaw, pigeon peas and macaroni pie.