The original version of this recipe, along with a Chicken rendition were shared a few years back, but with increased requests from fans on Instagram I thought I’d share a slightly different method of cooking this spicy dish we adore in Trinidad and Tobago. Geera as we’ve discussed in previous recipes is simply the word we use when referring to Cumin.. and to be quite honest, I’m NOT a huge fan of this spice. While this version (like the traditional way) is very spicy, you can certainly cut back on the amount of pepper you use so don’t be scared off.
3 1/2 lbs pork (cubed)
juice of 1 lime or lemon to wash the pork
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 heaping tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoon roasted ground geera (cumin)
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon geera seeds (cumin seeds)
2 scallions (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (smashed)
2 tablespoon cilantro (chopped)
1 tablespoon parsley (chopped)
2 pimento peppers (aka seasoning pepper) diced
8 bird pepper (bird’s eye pepper) chopped
1 1/4 cup water
Important! If doing this recipe gluten free, be sure to go through the entire list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. I used Bird’s Eye Peppers, but you can use any spicy pepper you like and in the amounts you can tolerate. I opted for a fatty piece of pork as I find you get better results than using a more lean piece.
Cut the pork into 3/4 inch pieces and wash with the juice of a lime or lemon and cool water. Drain and season with the salt, black pepper, roasted Geera powder and Caribbean Green Seasoning. Mix well to coat / combine. Usually I’d say to marinate this for at least 2 hours, but with the following process we can get cooking immediately.
Heat the vegetable oil in a wide (heavy pan) on medium heat, then add the geera seeds, turn the heat down and allow them to cook for about 3 minutes. The goal is to create a wonderful base of flavor to aid with replacing having not marinated the pork. Then go in with the scallions, seasoning peppers, bird’s eye peppers, parsley, garlic and cilantro. Were I in the Caribbean I’d be using Shado Beni (culantro) instead of the cilantro.
After about 3 minutes after adding the peppers etc, turn up the heat to medium-high and start adding the pieces of seasoned pork to the pot. Stir well to coat the pieces of pork with that amazing base of flavors we created. Do not cover the pot as we want to sear the pieces of pork.
You will notice that the pork will spring a lot of natural juices, that’s expected (don’t panic). Allow this to cook on medium high until that liquid burns off and you can see the oil we started with at the bottom of the pot. It will take about 8-10 minutes. Then it’s time to add the water, bring to a boil, after-which you must reduce the heat to as low as it can go so the pot is gently simmering. Place the lid on the pot slightly ajar and allow this to cook until the pork is tender.
After 35 minutes the pork should be tender, but there may still be some liquid in the pot so remove the lid and crank up the heat. I like my Geera Pork to be free of gravy, so I usually burn off the liquid as mentioned. You may choose to have a bit of gravy, so taste for salt and adjust according and personalize the gravy situation to your liking. In total I cooked my dish for about 45 minutes after adding the water and the pork was fork-tender.
Just before turning off the stove I tossed in a bit more cilantro and seasoning peppers (diced fine) to add a bit of color to the overall dish. Depending on how ‘fatty’ the pork was that you used, there may be a bit too much oil at the bottom of the pan (as in my case) so I spooned it out on paper towels and tossed it in the garbage. Never pour such fat down your kitchen sink or you’ll need a plumber as a friend.
It was Christmas time when I made this as my friends were coming over to play dominoes and this is one of fav snacks to have when we’re enjoying some adult beverages.
Do you own a copy of my cookbook ?- The Vibrant Caribbean Pot 100 Traditional And Fusion recipes Vol 2