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Recipe: Saint Kitts and Nevis - Pholourie Recipes, Spicy Plantains, and Breadfruit

 Stewed Salt Fish with Dumplings, Spicy Plantains, and Breadfruit

Welcome to the flavors of St. Kitts and Nevis, a beautiful Caribbean nation known for its rich culinary traditions. In this recipe, we'll be preparing a hearty and delicious meal featuring Stewed Salt Fish with Dumplings, Spicy Plantains, and Breadfruit. This dish is a harmonious blend of flavors, combining the briny taste of salt fish, the comforting texture of dumplings, the spicy kick of plantains, and the unique flavor of breadfruit. Let's dive into the vibrant Caribbean cuisine and create a mouthwatering feast!


For the Stewed Salt Fish:

  • 1 pound salt fish

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 bell pepper, diced

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup water

  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

For the Dumplings:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 75g shredded fresh coconut (optional)

For the Spicy Plantains:

  • 2 ripe plantains

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt, to taste

For the Breadfruit:

  • 1 ripe breadfruit

  • Water, for boiling

  • Salt, for seasoning


  1. Prepare the Salt Fish: a. Rinse the salt fish under cold water to remove excess salt. Then, soak it in a bowl of water for about 1 hour. Drain and rinse again. b. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, and bell pepper. Sauté until they become tender and translucent. c. Add the chopped tomatoes, thyme leaves, paprika, and black pepper to the skillet. Stir well to combine. d. Gently place the soaked salt fish into the skillet and pour in the water. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 20-25 minutes, or until the fish is tender and the flavors meld together. e. Once cooked, remove from heat and garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.

  2. Prepare the Dumplings: a. In a mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. b. Gradually add water while stirring, until a soft and slightly sticky dough forms. c. Divide the dough into small portions and roll them into balls using your hands. d. In a large pot of boiling water, carefully drop the dumplings in. Cook for about 10-12 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Remove and set aside.

  3. Prepare the Spicy Plantains: a. Peel the plantains and slice them into 1-inch thick pieces. b. In a skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. c. Add the plantain slices and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown. d. Sprinkle chili powder, ground cumin, and salt over the plantains. Toss gently to coat evenly. Cook for an additional minute and remove from heat.

  4. Prepare the Breadfruit: a. Cut the breadfruit into quarters and remove the skin. b. Place the quarters in a large pot of boiling water and add salt. c. Boil the breadfruit for about 30-40 minutes, or until it becomes tender. d. Drain the water and allow the breadfruit to cool slightly. Then, cut it into wedges or slices.

  5. Serve and Enjoy: Arrange the stewed salt fish, dumplings, spicy plantains, and breadfruit on a serving platter. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.

Now, gather your loved ones, and indulge in this flavorsome St. Kitts and Nevis-inspired feast. The combination of the tender stewed salt fish, fluffy dumplings, spicy plantains, and the unique taste of breadfruit will transport you to the vibrant Caribbean islands.



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