Trinidadian Curry Chicken

The Trinidadian food adventures continue with curry chicken, my second favorite way of eating chicken after stewed chicken…Trini-style, of course!

There is just something about curry chicken in Trinidad that always makes me hungry for seconds. Not sure why that is, perhaps it is a mix of nostalgia and the local, fresh ingredients that make this dish so irresistible. It is also much spicier than any curry chicken you would usually order at an Indian restaurant in the States (not to say that they are bland, but try it in Trinidad and you will know what I am talking about) which is another reason why it makes the top of my list.

Here is my amateur take on curry chicken (you noticed right, we do not say chicken curry in Trinidad) with an obvious lack of Trini ingredients (green seasoning, as I previously mentioned, this is a combination of scallions, thyme, parsley, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, oregano and pimento peppers–Madras curry, a spicy curry which originates from the South of India and where most Trini Indians come from–and hot peppers).

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Baigan (Eggplant) Choka

I have never been a big fan of eggplant. However, making it this way adds flavor and for some reason gets rid of that scratchy feeling I get in my throat sometimes when eating eggplant.
In Trinidad, “choka” essentially means pureed. It is a tasty way to prepare eggplant (you may know it under the name of Baba Ganoush) but also tomatoes, potatoes and even avocado (aka guacamole).

Baigan choka

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Tasty Trinidadian Stewed Chicken

As I will be trying out many Trinidadian recipes over the course of this blog I wanted to give a small introduction to the cuisine of Trinidad & Tobago. I would just like to say that it is the best cuisine in the World!!! Ok, I am slightly biased. Usually when people ask me what Trini food tastes like, I just say “Indian food but spicier.” Trinidadian cuisine is actually very unique: it is highly influenced by Indian cuisine but also cuisines of Africa, Europe, as well as China. It makes for a very diverse mix.

One of my favorite ways to eat chicken is stewed, Trini-style. The stewing refers to the method used to brown the chicken by caramelizing sugar. It adds a rich brown sauce to the chicken and is finger lickin’ good. When I was younger I never felt the need to learn how to make it (because someone in the family graciously did it for me) but now that I am thousands of miles away from home and craving it I was forced to venture into the stewed chicken world on my own. And let me tell you, it was well worth it.

Trinidadian stewed chicken

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