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Monday, March 9, 2009

Caribbean-style Kabobs with Rice and Beans


During my weekly shopping at Costco,the gorgeous Caribbean Pineapple and Tart Champagne mangoes caught my eye.Straight from sunny Islands these tropical fruits are in full bloom in stores here.The weather here still pretty much cold with on-n-off cold-n-warm spells,the warming tropical fruits like such are the best taste of the sunny side of world.

The sun-soaked scenic Caribbean Islands,is home to hottest peppers and bountiful tropical fruits and a spicy fusion cuisine of mostly African, Spanish and Indian flavors.Speaking of hot peppers,having tasted some really hot peppers
from South India,the Caribbean hot peppers Scotch Bonnet and Harbanero (falling in the range of hottest peppers in the world) are true delights for hot chili enthusiasts,just one or two are enough to add fieriness to the meal.

My Caribbean platter includes chicken kabobs with the Caribbean Jerk seasoning(blend of hot peppers and spices),tropical fruit kabobs with sweet and tart flavors of Pineapple and mangoes along side the classic Caribbean Rice and beans.To add an extra layer of fruit ,top with Sassy Pine apple mango salsa ,the recipe coming up in another post.
Jerk Seasoning
A traditional spicy hot blend of peppers and spices,the quintessential taste of Caribbean cuisine,in particular Jamaican cooking.The seasoning is used for curing meat, poultry or fish and then slowly grilling over wood fire.This smoking method was originally used for preserving the meat.Choose between the store-bought dry Jerk seasoning or fresh homemade marinade as in my following recipe.

To find a treasure of authentic Caribbean meals ,explore Cynthia's Taste like home. And join in the Meeta's Monthly Mingle ,featuring Caribbean cooking this month.

Caribbean-style Kabobs
Chicken Kabobs with Caribbean Jerk Seasoning

Ingredients
1 3/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, cut in square 1 inch pieces
1 medium bell pepper,Red or Green or Yellow,cut into squares

For Jerk Marinade
2 Scotch Bonnet or Harbanero Peppers,seed it for easing some heat and chop.
1 clove garlic,peeled and chopped
1 medium onion,chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon Orange Juice
1 tablespoon thyme,dried or fresh
1 teaspoon all spice
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon Soy sauce
2 tablespoon lime juice,freshly squeezed.
2 tablespoon Extra virgin Olive oil or vegetable oil


4 bamboo skewers,soaked in water for 10 minutes to prevent burning.

Method
Blend all the marinade ingredients.Mix the marinade with the chicken and vegetables ,marinate for an hour.Thread them on skewers with chicken,peppers and onions alternately on each.
In Broiler
Preheat the Broiler.Place the skewers on a baking sheet,transfer in the oven and let bake for 7 minutes,turn once and allow to bake for another 5 minutes.Serve warm.
On Grill
Heat your grill or grill pan on medium high heat.Placed the skewers
on heated grill,cook for about 6-8 minutes on both sides. Serve warm.

Mango Pineapple Kabobs

Ingredients
1/2 a medium pineapple,peeled,cored and cubed
1 mango(Tart Champagne Mangoes),peeled ,seeded and cubed
1/2 teaspoon spice mix,blend of cumin,cinnamon and nutmeg
3 bamboo skewers(10 inch long)

Method
Mix all the ingredients and marinate for 10 minutes.Thread them on skewers with Pineapple and mango alternately on each.Broil or grill like the chicken kabobs,about 3 minutes on each side.Serve.

Caribbean Rice and Beans


Ingredients
2 cups White rice
1 cup Red kidney beans,cooked
1 medium onion,chopped
2 garlic cloves,minced
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 hot pepper , scotch bonnet or harbanero,seeded and finely chopped.
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups water or vegetable broth.

Method

Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat.Saute onions until translucent about a minute,add garlic and hot peppers saute for few seconds, then add beans and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the rice to the beans, then stir in stock and coconut milk,season with salt and pepper, reduce heat,cover and simmer until rice is cooked, about 15 to 20 minutes.Allow to sit for ten minutes,fluff the rice with a fork then serve.

A word of caution while handling hot peppers
For particularly sensitive hands use gloves while seeding and chopping hot peppers or wash hands thoroughly to rinse away the essential hots oils of the pepper which can cause burning sensation.

Capsaicin,the heat of the Peppers
Capsaicin has many curative benefits such as lowering blood pressure,reducing sinus inflammation , promoting good blood circulation and also helps in burning unwanted fat .While not ever one has the same tolerance for capsaicin,an overdose can result in upset stomach or diarrhea.A cup of cold milk can help relief the lingering heart burn after eating spicy peppers.

An Update: Made for Each other Food Event

The Strawberry Cobbler with Orange-Carrot Frozen yogurt is the winner of Made for Each other Food event,which invited the recipes with foods that make a lovable combo.Here are the lovely entries.Thanks to Rathna for the exciting food event:).

42 comments:

Asha said...

Lovely entry. Love the Kababs with roasted Pineapple, slurp. Good one Yasmeen! :)

Congratulations on winning "Made for each other" event's entry, enjoy.

Happy cook said...

Looks so yummy delicious ,
Love the pineapple in them too.

Lavanya said...

looks lovely yasmeen..i am new to this..nice entry for the event!!

Smitha said...

Love the kebabs. I'm a big fan of jerk spice. Love chicken too. So altogether this dish is a winner:)
Cheers!

Ann said...

Congrats Yasmeen for being the winner in the made for each other contest..

wow,roasted pineapple gives your kababs a different meaning altogether..

Cham said...

Tasty entry for the event and congrats on winning :)

Vicky Xavier. said...

Caribbean style kabob with rice and beans is a feast to my eyes. Lovely post. Seems so yummy.
Congrats on winning the 'Made for each other' event dear. Enjoy!

Soma said...

Yasmeen my mouth is watering seeing these kabobs:-) true island food, wish I could have some now!

Jen said...

Hot and spicy,the jerk seasoning is melting me here.

Sam said...

I love Caribbean spices,I like your presentation.

meeso said...

Oooooh, YUM!!! I am certinaly bookmarking this!

Priya said...

Delicious dish...excellent presentation...Congrats for winning MEC Yasmeen...

Varsha Vipins said...

Congrats Yasmeen!!
Thats a yummy entry dear..What gorgeous colors..:)

Sara said...

This looks like a delicious taste of the tropics, I'm ready for some light and fresh recipes!

Poornima Nair said...

Awesome dish and lovely presentation...looks very tempting.

Uj said...

The whole plate looks mouth watering. go tot try the rice and beans looks divine :D

Uj said...

Sorry.. forgot to congratulate you..Congratulations you deserve it

Sharmila said...

Kababs look fantastic Yasmeen! And Caribbean style is new for me ... all I have tasted are the tandoori kinds. :-)

Sharmila said...

And oh ... congrats! :-)

Sharmila said...

Oh ... and congrats! :-)

Preety said...

this is such an interesting recipe..good one dear

Uma said...

mmm. scrumptious caribbean recipe. looks lovely. Congrats on the win!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

i love the jerk seasoning - i've had carribean spiced food before and know how good it tastes

the kabobs made a lovely combination with the rice

Shama Nagarajan said...

lovely recipe....

SriLekha said...

wow! its looking so delicious yasmeen!
tempting recipe!

MeetaK said...

i love jerk chicken - the jerk seasoning is so incredibly flavorful. looks great yasmeen and thanks for joining!

Ashwini said...

Love Jerk seasoning..Yummy kababs especially pineapple one..Delish..Congratulations on the MEO award..Enjoy!

n33ma said...

Congrats on winning the event!Absolutely gorgeous kabobs.
How can you skip a meal when the food is so delish??

Malar Gandhi said...

Plate looks colorful and appetizing!!! Kebaabs with pineapple, is there something to win a person's heart!!

Yeah harbenero peppers are really really hot, my dear. I had the plant here...I thought nothing could over power my south Indian chilies. Whoa, no...I use gloves to chop harbenero!:)

Nazarina A said...

Congrats!!! Is it Summer yet? This dish sure puts me in a summer type of mood!!

Gita's Kitchen said...

That is one delicious-looking platter...so tempting..I should make this awesome dish for a get-together...Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

That is one delicious-looking platter...so tempting..I should make this awesome dish for a get-together...Please trail back to my blog. I have something waiting for you :)

Sweta said...

Yummy-it looks heavenly!! I think I'm just going to gate-crash everyday for dinner at your place ;-)

Selba said...

wow... looks so delicious...!!!

Sanghi said...

Looks lovely..! tasty delight yasmeen!

Dershana said...

Lovely picture. the kababs sound real good! A big congrats to you for winning the event, dear.

notyet100 said...

yummy platter,.:-)nd ya congrats for winnin,..

Adlak's tiny world said...

nice clicks and colorful pic/

sangeeta said...

this is unusual for me but looks really exciting.......congrats for winning the award.......

Archy said...

kababs looks so gud, nice presentation !! Hey, congrats for winning !!

Curry Leaf said...

Congrats on winning the contest.the kabobs and rice is a terrific plate.

Anonymous said...

Wow these look delicious! One of my best friends name is Yasmeen spelled the same way! I loove island food! Thank you for the wonderful recipies!

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