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Trinidad Food – ‘Oil Down’

Okay, we’ll be honest. This Trini dish doesn’t really jump out at you and say

‘eat me, don’t I look yummy?’

But, we’ll let you in on something. . . . . . It’s delicious!

At first glance, it may look like a wet mixture of mushy  . . . who knows what. But when you do muster up the courage to try it, you’ll understand why it’s one of the most popular dishes here.

You’re wondering about the name right? Well let’s put your mind at ease–it’s not what you’re thinking! This dish gets it’s name because it involves the use of coconut milk which is cooked until all the milk is absorbed by the breadfruit and vegetables, leaving only the coconut oil at the bottom of the pan, hence the name “Oil Down”.

The main ingredient is a football sized pod fruit called “Breadfruit”.  Some of us have probably tasted this fruit and are wondering,

‘breadfruit taste like raw potatoes’

But ah! Let’s fill you in. ‘Trini seasoning’ together with Trini ‘sweet hand’ makes anything taste good!

The sliced Breadfruit, Dasheen Bush and other vegetables are cooked in a big pot with salted pigtail, pig feet or beef and seasoned with onions, garlic, pimentos (seasoning peppers), hot peppers, thyme, salt and coconut milk and additional ingredients which varies according to what version of grannys recipe got handed down to you.

Quick Tip: Eat with a glass of Lemon, Grapefruit juice or Mauby.

About Thannas

Thanna's Place is a family-owned bed and breakfast in Belmont, a suburb of Trinidad's capital Port of Spain.
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