Today we are landing on letter G and I chose Grenada for G,
I have heard of Caribbean Island in "Pirates of Caribbean" and in books but this was the first am cooking an Caribbean food though..As you all be knowing there are 6 small island in the Caribbean sea and one among them is Grenada it is located next to Trinidad and Tobago . Grenada is known for its island spices as it is high is producing Nutmeg and mace.It has some french and African influence in its culture.
The specialty dishes in grenada shows it diversity. Here some of the Indians have migrated and so cuisine also has some influence with India. Like they have curries or stew prepared with turmeric , peppers, coconut milk like we do in India.Oil Down is one of the National dish of grenada for which they use Bread fruit which is an indigenous variety I just used Potato here you can also use Yucca/ cassava instead. I really don't know reason y its called oil down I suppose they add very little oil to make them.It is super rich stew and taste yumm !!.. As there is a lot of Indian crowd there obvious is the Indian street foods availability in grenada, they have aloo pie, Dal puri barfi available. So in life at some point in time if we land in grenada I can serve there as there is plenty of option for Indian food lovers. Also one of the famous cake prepared there is a super flavorful one I adapted the recipe from food.com. The cake it self very aromatic with all spices added you keep smelling it all the time after you bake, the aroma was wonderful.
The Oil down is complete version for vegetarians which i adapted from here. This is the national dish and most popular in the Island. It smells and taste I our Indian curry , you can actually add curry pd instead of turmeric and red chilli pd to it. The second Dish is a super soft and aromatic cake which was too gud and we enjoyed it. I hope all wud have done this in school day we had a Puliyanga Maram ( Tamarind tree) in our school , my friends used to throw stones over the puliayangas ( tamarind) so that they fall down and we used o pick them all peel then and enjoy those tangy delights fresh from the tree , that was a nostalgic moments, our children will never get the days Like we had isn't it, they are so over protected by us and ambiance we live now a days. Speaking about Tamarind in grenada Tamarind balls are very popular and they just are made of two ingredients fresh tamarind and sugar thats it.
Peel off the hard skin from the 4-5 tamarind add 2 tbsp or more of sugar and mix them well. Remove the seeds as you are mixing and make them to equal size balls. Roll them over with sugar and enjoy.
Khatta Meetha delight...