National Dish of Trinidad & Tobago Callaloo

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National Dish of Trinidad & Tobago Callaloo


bundle young dasheen / taro leaves (approximately 18 leaves) 1
okra pods (sliced) 12
blue crabs (cleaned and halved) 4
large onion (peeled and chopped) 1
sprigs fresh thyme 4
cloves garlic (peeled and crushed) 6
peeled, cubed pumpkin ½ cup
water 1 cup
habanero pepper 1
coconut milk 3 cups
chives (chopped) 4

Callaloo is the national dish of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a thick stew with the consistency of a soup. Callaloo is made from dasheen leaves and cooked with an assortment of herbs and spices. Traditionally, crabs are included in Callaloo, but meats such as chicken and salted pork can also be incorporated in the stew. Callaloo can be eaten alone but it is also commonly eaten with macaroni pie, a Caribbean pasta dish.

Directions for Preparing Callaloo Crabs Soup

  1. Remove the skin from the dasheen leaf stalks and discard.
  2. Rinse the leaves and stalks, then chop into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Place the leaves in a large pot.
  4. Add the onions, garlic, thyme, pumpkin, coconut milk, and okras to the pot.
  5. Pour a cup of water into the pot and add the whole habanero pepper.
  6. Cover the pot and simmer over low heat for thirty (0:30) minutes.
  7. Remove the lid, then add the crabs.
  8. Stir the ingredients but do not puncture the habanero pepper.
  9. Replace the lid on the pot and allow the Callaloo to cook for another thirty (0:30) minutes.
  10. Remove the habanero pepper and discard it.
  11. Season with salt and the chives.
  12. Use an immersion blender to puree the stew, excluding the crabs.
  13. Stir well, then turn off the heat.
  14. Serve the Trinidad Callaloo with macaroni pie.

Festival foods

Special Christmas foods include appetizers like pastilles (called hallaca in Venezuela where they originated), pholourie, saheena, baiganee, kachori, and chicken or pork pies. Entrees include garlic ham (carne vinha-d’alhos, a Portuguese dish), baked ham, baked turkeyor chicken, macaroni pie, fish pie, garlic roasted potatoes, grilled or barbecued meat (chicken, shrimp, fish, or lamb), corn, pigeon peas, Christmas (also called Spanish or festive) rice, fried rice, chow mein, lo mein, Chinese roast chicken, pepper shrimp, different types of curries (chicken, goat, duck, fish, shrimp, crab, baigan, channa and aloo), roti, and dal Bhat (rice).

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 8

Calories Per Serving: 86

% Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate ‏94.4g 34%
Cholesterol ‏137.8mg 46%
Total Fat ‏47.8g 61%
Saturated Fat ‏25.6g 128%
Unsaturated Fat ‏12g
Trans Fat ‏10.2g
Dietary Fiber ‏56g 200%
Protein ‏75.2g 150%
Sodium ‏627mg 27%
Sugars ‏2g 4%


45 min


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  • This is a Delicious old fashioned recipe; although it is a bit time consuming to get all the ingredients. I enjoyed it with my family. Great! Great! Great! Dish

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