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Pitimi, which was once considered slave food, is one of those dishes that you either love or hate it. When I lived in Haiti a lot of families refused to cook it because they viewed it as an indication of their lack of wealth, since according to some, only the really poor ate Pitimi. That was their lost since pitimi is absolutely delicious when cooked right.

What you’ll need

  • Water
  • 2 lbs of beef shank (or any cut of beef)
  • 1 cup of Millet
  • 1/2 LB of sugar snap peas
  • 2.5 TBS of fresh ginger
  • baby bella mushrooms
  • 2 baby cucumbers (grated)
  • 1 large carrot (grated)
  • 1 TBS of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TBS of tomato paste
  • 1 Onion
  • Adobo
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 2 TBS of olive oil
  • Jamaican Jerk seasoning
  • Spice the meat with epise and Jamaican jerk seasoning and allow to marinate overnight (or at least 2 hours). Then transfer the meat to a dutch oven and cook on medium until the meat is tender.
    *note: as the water evaporates add more water, 1/4 cup at a time. this will allow the meat to cook and allow to brown.
  • Once the meat is fully cooked and browned add in chopped ginger, chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, sliced bell pepper, grated cucumber, grated carrots, 1/2 tsp of adobo, 1 TBS of diluted tomato paste and sugar snap peas. Mixed all in the ingredients together, cover and allow to simmer for 45 minutes.

To cook the millet (pitimi)

  • 2 TBS of olive oil
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp of adobo
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • In a pot (or deep skillet) heat two TBS of olive oil. Once the oil is hot (not too hot!) add in the garlic, salt and adobo. Cook the garlic until it’s lightly brown.
  • Add the chopped onions and allow to cook until they become transparent.Photobucket
  • Once the onions have become transparent, fry the pitimi in the oil for 5 minutes (make sure not to burn the pitimi).
  • Add in 2.5 cups of water, cook on high heat until all the water has been absorbed.
  • Cover with a tight fitting lid, turn the heat to low and allow to simmer for at least 45 mins. TIP: start cooking the pitimi before you start on the beef, that way all of your food will be done around the same time. Pitimi takes a while to cook.
  • The Meal