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Bajan Callaloo 1    HT  SP  West Indian   75mins 


Serves 4    Hot   Shellfish  Vegetable  Vegetables  Starter   Soup    Barbados   Caribbean  West Indies  North American



25g/1oz Butter 

1 Onion, finely chopped 

2 Garlic Cloves, crushed 

150g/5oz Fresh Okra, trimmed & cut into 1cm/1/2 inch slices 

2 teasp Fresh Thyme Leaves 

300g/11oz Fresh Spinach leaves, finely chopped

480ml/16fl.oz. Chicken Stock 

240ml/8fl.oz. Coconut Milk 

1/2 teasp Salt 

Black Pepper 

200g/7oz fresh Crab Meat 

1 teasp Chilli Sauce 

1 tbsp freshly chopped Chives 




1.  Melt the butter in large saucepan until hot, add the onion and garlic and cook gently until soft. 


2.  Add the okra and thyme to the pan, mix well and cook, stirring for 5 minutes.


3. Add the spinach and continue to cook gently for about 3 minutes until the spinach has wilted then add the stock, coconut milk salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly then reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes !


4.  Add the crab meat and chili sauce, mix well and continue to simmer uncovered for a further 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.  


5. To serve - transfer to heated soup bowls/plates and sprinkle with the finely chopped chives. Serve hot.




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