Oil Down is considered the national dish of Grenada, but is enjoyed by people all around the world. There is no set recipe to say, as every family has a variation on the standard Oil Down recipe. The only constant is breadfruit.
Breadfruit has a lot of health benefits as it reduces joint and muscle pain, prevents bacterial infections and is suitable for gluten-free diets as noted on verywellfit.com. Here are some more nutritional facts about breadfruit.
Breadfruit Nutrition Chart
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.20 g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber||4.9 g||13%|
|Vitamin A||0 IU||0%|
|Vitamin C||29 mg||48%|
|Vitamin E||0.10 mg||1%|
|Vitamin K||0.5 µg||<1%|
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Oil Down recipe
1 breadfruit (peeled and chopped)
3 cups (packs of coconut milk)
1 onion (diced)
3 cloves garlic (diced)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 pound pumpkin (cubed or grated)
2 medium carrots (cubed or grated)
6 medium potatoes cubed
3 pimentos diced
Oregano (to taste)
Thyme (to taste)
Chive (to taste)
1 Scotch Bonnet pepper
Seasoning and spices to taste
Dasheen bush (Taro) chopped
Green bananas (green fig) peeled and chopped
- Perfect for large meals
- Perfect size for a 6 lb roast or 8 lb chicken
- Mess-free lid rest for easy serving
- Full-grip handles
- Dishwasher safe stoneware & glass lid
- Dimensions (inches): 11.6 H x 17.7 W x 11.6 D
The instructions for making Oil Down vary but the results are generally the same. You can sauté the onion and garlic first and then add the ingredients and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes.
Or, you can add all of the ingredients to a pot and simmer over medium heat and get the same results.
When stirring the Oil Down make sure not to burst the Scotch Bonnet pepper or else you will end up with a very spicy Oil Down.
Grating the pumpkin and carrots allow them to cook quickly as opposed to them being cubed.
Traditionally, oil down is made using pickled pig tails, chicken or fish. You can add these if you are looking to create a more traditional oil down.
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