Red Bean Pelau With Salt Beef

This is just the most delicious pelau I have ever tasted, probably because red beans is not a common bean in this popular rice dish. Also, this red bean pelau is an easy one pot meal on a busy day. Just remember to soak your red beans overnight.

Red Bean Pelau With Salt Beef

Course: Rice Dishes

Cuisine: Caribbean


  • 1 ¼ cup red bean soaked
  • 1 lb salt beef chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 6 sprigs fine leaf thyme
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 whole pimento pepper or scotch bonnet pepper
  • 3 to matoes diced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 cups rice washed
  • 1/2 pack coconut milk + 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 3 ochroes chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin diced (optional)
  • water


  • Boil the salt beef for 15 minutes.
  • Place the salted beef in a pressure cooker, together with the red beans and cover with water. Cook for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  • Remove the salt beef from the pressure cooker. Set aside.
  • Carmelize the sugar in a deep pot. Add the salt beef. Stir to coat meat evenly with the carmelized sugar. Add oil, let cook for about 2 minutes then add about 1 cup water, garlic, onion, fine leaf thyme, celery and tomatoes. Stir.
  • Note: From experience, adding the oil after lessens probability of the hot oil splattering on you.
  • Add the red beans together with the optional pumpkin and ochro. Then add the coconut milk mixture and ketchup. Stir. Add rice and whole pimento pepper or hot pepper.
  • Note: You may have to add a little bit of water cover the rice.
  • Cover and let simmer until the rice is cooked.
  • Note: While the rice is cooking turn occasionally and add water if necessary.
  • When the rice is nearing completion lower the fire and let simmer. Continue turning the rice occasionally to prevent sticking. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve.

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