St Helenian Plo this was one of the most popular dishes that I made a few years ago when I had my catering business, always a sell out but, until now I have never shared the recipe. Living on St Helena, (that’s where I’m from) this is the one meal that is almost guaranteed to be made by most families each week. It’s so versatile because you can add almost any vegetables and use any meat or fish and yet it always taste good.
This dish is the life and soul of many a party on the island of St Helena, especially if it was a seaside party or camping trip and most times it was made where the party was held on an open fire, how I miss those days :-/ Anyway, here’s the recipe for St Helenian Plo made healthy… ( I have adapted the recipe slightly)
St Helenian Plo Made Healthy
400g of meat all fat removed and cubed
(You can use chicken, beef, pork, gammon etc)
1/2 onion finely chopped
1 leek finely sliced
300g easy cook rice ( I use Asda green& black packet)
1.5 litres chicken stock
200g potatoes peeled and cubed
150g carrots, peeled and sliced
150g sweet potato peeled and cubed
200g butternut squash peeled and cubed
2 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp tomato puree
- Add fry light to a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add onions and leeks and allow to soften.
- Add the curry powder and your choice of meat and tomato puree mix well together, add a little stock to avoid sticking. Cook for 5 minutes until the meat has sealed.
- Add the rice, potato and carrot and enough stock to cover. Place lid on and bring to the boil, cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid sticking.
- Add your sweet potato and butternut squash, add more stock to cover and a little salt, replace lid turn heat down to a low-medium heat and simmer until rice and vegetables are cooked, stir throughout to avoid sticking. Top up with more stock if necessary.
- Once the rice and vegetables are cooked adjust seasoning if necessary and add the sweetcorn, mix through replace lid and turn the cooker off, leave for 5 minutes to allow the sweetcorn to heat through then serve. Enjoy!
This is a one pot wonder, so simple to make. The beauty about this dish is that it works with any meat or vegetable, even a bag of frozen mix veggies works well too. For a true taste of St Helena without going there this is it.
I hope that you give this dish a try and let me know what you think of it, a good combination of meat to try is chicken and smoked bacon. Use this recipe as a base and don’t be frighten to experiment, usually when I make this I never weight and measure ingredients but generally use whatever ingredients I have to hand. Whatever you do I would love to know.
Well happy experimenting and don’t forget to share this recipe with your friends and family, Enjoy:-)
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