Coconut Pork stew
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Coconut Pork with Chickpeas Stew

Coconut Pork with Chickpeas Stew is as delicious as it sounds and excellent with white rice or creamy polenta. Delicious, tender pork shoulder in a hearty turmeric base coconut and chickpeas stew creates the perfect family’s favorite Sunday meal.

This recipe can easily be made on the stovetop, preferably in a heavy bottom pan, dutch oven, or slow cooker. Meat and potatoes stew indeed is one of the best comfort foods you can make. But an all-season stew should also include ingredients that are available all year round. 

Pork Stew

Making a pork stew is economical. The reason why it is inexpensive is that this type of stew is usually made with pork shoulder. Pork shoulder is a cut of meat that is one of the most affordable cuts. It is excellent for slow-cooking stews, frying, and roasting. This particular cut is what is used in Griot, one of Haiti’s national dishes.

Coconut Pork stew

Like my Coconut Pork with Chickpeas Stew, my Tatouni recipe is pork with leek and carrot stew recipe that is slow-cooked, hearty, full of deep Caribbean flavor, and makes for a delicious and easy weeknight meal.

How to Make Pork Stew

This recipe style is similar to a Caribbean stew such as Lamb Stew with Chickpeas. The meat is marinated in a blend of savory herbs and spices, including Noubess Hot and Spicy Herbs Sauce. This process allows the marinade to infuse the meat, and when mixed with the coconut milk, it creates a mind-blowing aroma and explosive flavor. 

The process is simple to replicate if you want to add your blend of herbs and spices, similar to green seasoning or epis.

  1. Cut pork into cubes (if not already cut), and clean
  2. Prepare the marinade and add to pork cubes.
  3. Boil meat with marinade, reserve cooking liquid. 
  4. Cook tomatoes with meat
  5. Add turmeric, more seasoning, coconut, and chickpeas and cook until all ingredients are infused and the sauce has thickened a bit. 
  6. And, serve!
Coconut Pork stew

Why add turmeric and not tomato paste

Turmeric contains several health benefits and brings warm flavors to stew recipes. It also adds a deep golden color which is pleasing to the eyes. And we do eat with our eyes first. So why not add turmeric instead of tomato paste.

I rarely cook with tomato paste. I prefer using fresh tomatoes in my stews, eggs, and even my creole sauce. It seems that the older I get, the more sensitive I’ve become to canned foods. 

I may also use both, as I did in my spicy coconut lamb dish. This recipe is so tasty you will want to take your favorite bread, maybe my flatbread recipe, to soak up every last drop on your plate.

What you will need for most stew recipes

First and foremost, stews need time to cook. A good pot is necessary no matter the culture or cuisine. Besides the pot, fresh ingredients are required. The fresher the ingredients, the more aromatic your stew will be. 

The word legume in French means vegetables. Whereas in English, legume means Ragout. We call stews legume, which is the Haitian-creole term. It also means meatless or stews with meat. The name is the same for seafood stews. We only differentiate the legume by the type of main ingredients used. 

Are you confused yet? Don’t worry, and no one cares at this point. As long as the food is good, your stomach will not care about the proper name of the food. 

Fresh herbs and spices such as parsley, thyme, garlic, and cloves are necessary for Caribbean cuisine. They are the staple ingredients used in most recipes, and don’t forget your pantry staples as well. 

A meatless stew such as my papaya, eggplant, and watercress stew is remarkably easy to prepare and full of bold flavors. A good pot is a must for this recipe.

Here is a list of what you will need to make the perfect stew recipe:

Coconut Pork stew

What to serve with this Coconut Pork with Chickpeas Stew

Stews are usually a one-pot meal you can serve alone or with a side dish. You can serve this stew recipe with the following:

How To Make Coconut Pork

  1. Clean the pork meat and place it in a pot. 
  2. Add the following to the pot: olive oil, lemon juice, oil, Noubess hot and spicy sauce, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt, and onion. 
  3. Cook pork until tender. Remove from cooking liquid and set aside—Reserve cooking liquid. 
  4. Season the meat with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  5. In another pan or pot, add additional oil, and fresh tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes while stirring and until the tomatoes have softened and released their juice. 
  6. Add meat and turmeric to the pot and mix well. 
  7. Pour the coconut milk and add the chickpeas and mix well. 
  8. Add some of the cooking liquid back to the pot (not more than ½ cup). (add more if you want more sauce. Simply season to taste with salt and pepper and additional Noubess hot and spicy sauce if necessary. 
  9. Cover and cook for 15 minutes longer. 
  10. Serve with rice.

Tips and Notes

I used the following in the recipe.

  • Organic canned chickpeas
  • Turmeric powder
  • Noubess Hot and Spicy Mango Sauce
  • Organic canned coconut milk (unsweetened is better but not necessary)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh garlic
  • Already cut up pieces of pork shoulder – store-bought packages make life much easier. If not, buy a small whole pork shoulder 

If properly stored, the stew will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Use a BPA-free plastic bowl or glass bowl with a lid.

If you want to make this in a crockpot or slow cooker, place all the ingredients in the crockpot insert and set it to 3 hours on high or 5 hours on a slow setting.

Coconut Pork stew

Coconut Pork with Chickpeas Stew

Pork Stew is as easy as it sounds. Delicious, tender pork shoulder in a hearty turmeric base coconut and chickpeas stew, create the perfect family’s favorite Sunday meal.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4
Calories 593 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds pork shoulder meat cut in medium size pieces
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup lime juice fresh about 1-2 limes or lemons
  • 1 bouquet garni parsley and thyme
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp Noubess Hot and Spicy Mango Sauce
  • 1 to 1-1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1 small white onion sliced
  • 1 ¼ cup tomatoes diced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ cup coconut milk unsweetened preferably
  • 1 – 15 oz can chickpeas
  • Salt and pepper season to taste

Instructions
 

  • Clean the pork meat and place it in a pot.
  • Add the following to the pot: 2 tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, oil, Noubess hot and spicy sauce, garlic, parsley, thyme, salt and onion.
  • Cook pork until tender. Remove from cooking liquid and set aside. Reserve cooking liquid.
  • Season the meat with salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • In another pot or heavy bottom skillet, add remaining oil, and fresh tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes while stirring and until the tomatoes have softened and released their juice.
  • Add meat and turmeric to the pot and mix well.
  • Add coconut milk and chickpeas and mix well.
  • Add some of the cooking liquid back to the pan (not more than ½ cup if any). (add more if you want more sauce) Season to taste with salt and pepper and additional Noubess hot and spicy sauce if necessary.
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes longer.
  • Serve with rice.

Notes

If you are not using Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauces use, 1/2 of hot pepper (Scotch Bonnet or Habanero, seeds removed).
I used the following:
  • Organic canned chickpeas
  • Turmeric powder
  • Noubess Hot and Spicy Mango Sauce
  • Organic canned coconut milk (unsweetened is better but not necessary)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh garlic
  • Already cut up pieces of pork shoulder – store-bought packages make life much easier. If not, buy a small whole pork shoulder 
How to store: if properly stored, the stew will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. Use a BPA free plastic bowl or glass bowl with a lid.
If you want to make this in a crockpot or slow cooker, place all the ingredients in the insert of the crockpot and set it to 3 hours on high or 5 hours on a slow setting.

Nutrition

Calories: 593kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 48gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 920mgPotassium: 1176mgFiber: 8gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 687IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 159mgIron: 8mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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