Trinidad Callaloo Recipe (Vegan, Dairy-Free)
Trinidad Callaloo is a popular savory Caribbean green soup, although many consider it a vegetable side dish. Who knew my favorite recipe since childhood would be a naturally vegan and dairy-free soup. Oh the irony. I can eat callaloo every day of my life and be happy…like forreal.
Authentic Callaloo ingredients heavily rely on what vegetables are available locally. Traditionally for Trinidad Callaloo the main ingredient is dasheen, a leafy green vegetable and it’s a slow cook. Thrown in the pot with it is wonderful fresh ingredients such as culantro, pumpkin, tomatoes, coconut milk, onion, garlic, and okra. Every region does it a little different, and this is family recipe.
Jamaican Callaloo vs. Trinidad Callaloo
They are two completely different dishes! Every Caribbean person knows that each country tend to use similar names, but we put our own flare to it. It’s no different with callaloo. Trinidad callaloo is a soup traditionally served over white rice with crab meat. Jamaican Callaloo reminds of Southern style collard greens.
How To Make Trinidad Callaloo Recipe
I am preparing this dish with ingredients local to me in the Southern United States, North Carolina to be exact. That means dasheen and culantro are non-existent. But no fear, the Trinidad diaspora isn’t letting this delicious dish out of our sight.
Here is your grocery list:
- 12 oz. frozen bag of chopped okra (or the same amount fresh)
- 16-18oz of frozen chopped spinach
- 1 cup diced fresh pumpkin or butternut squash
- 14 oz can of light or full fat coconut milk (I normally use light coconut milk)
- yellow onion
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1/2 bunch of cilantro (leaves only)
- 10 oz. fresh tomatoes (usually 2 large tomatoes chopped)
- tsp olive oil for sautéing
- salt & ground black pepper
I know. I know. All that flavor comes from natural ingredients. It’s the best. Minimal seasoning needed.
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Tips + Notes To Make Your Trinidad Callaloo Recipe Perfect Every Time
Minimal Effort Required
This is a one-pot , slow cook dish. You’re basically prepping ingredients and throwing everything in a pot at the same time and letting it do it’s thing. Just wait for 2 hours and let the magic happen. So easy.
Even the seasoning is minimal effort. Salt & pepper is all you need. If you’re throwing in curry powder, cumin, and other ingredients, it’s not necessary. Sometimes I add a bay leaf and thyme, but again, not necessary. It’s the fresh ingredients that really bring this dish together.
Give It A Quick Blend At The End
To get the right consistency for a Trinidadian callaloo recipe, you’ll need a blender, food processor, or emulsifier. Just a quick blend after it’s been on the stove for 2 hours to get that great smooth soup consistency.
Trinidad Callaloo Recipe (Vegan & Dairy-Free)
- blender or food processor or emulsifier
- large stock pot
- 12 ounces frozen cut okra (1 bag) or fresh okra
- 16-18 ounces frozen chopped unseasoned spinach (2 boxes)
- 1 cup diced pumpkin or butternut squash
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped (about 10 ounces)
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- ½ bunch cilantro, leaves only
- 14 ounces Light or full fat coconut milk (1 can) I use light
- 1 tsp olive oil for sautéing
- 2 tsp salt of choice I use finely ground pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- Heat 1 tsp olive oil in stock pot.
- Sauté chopped garlic and onions in oil for 3 minutes on medium heat.
- Add all other ingredients to the pot except for salt and pepper, adding the coconut milk last.
- Cook for two hours on medium-low heat covered. For example, if your stove goes to 10, then I put it on 4.
- After 2 hours of simmering, transfer mixture into blender or food processor and blitz gently. It's only brief to allow the ingredients to achieve the smooth consistency of callaloo.
- Return to pot. Add 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper, or add salt and pepper to taste.
- Enjoy immediately!
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