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08 May, 2013

How To Make Grenadian Oil Down

I'm calling on Chris from Caribbean Pot to show you how to make one of my favourite recipes from the sunny Caribbean island of Grenada. 

Pig tails can be bought in specialist Asian and Caribbean stores, but you can use a small bacon joint in place of the pig tail if you so wish. Oil down is wonderful comfort food.

Breadfruit, green bananas, eddoes and other Caribbean staples are now commonplace in Asian and Caribbean grocery stores.

A hearty one-pot dish, this oil down will surely impress family and friends.


1 medium breadfruit, cut into 2cm cubes
1 large carrot, diced
2 cups chopped callaloo leaves
2 scallions, finely chopped
4 sprigs thyme
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Saffron 
A generous grind of black pepper 
1 scotch bonnet pepper, finely chopped
3 pimento peppers, chopped
2 cups pumpkin, chopped
4 green cooking bananas
2 lbs salted pig tail
3 lbs chicken pieces
3 cups coconut milk
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoon chopped parsely
2 tablespoon chopped shado beni
6 eddoes, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon caribbean green seasoning for the chicken


You can personalize this dish by adding your favorite ground provision like yams, dasheen, cassava etc. 

It is worth the time and money to find a large breadfruit, because oil down is based on this wonderful vegetable, and cannot be authentic without it.

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