While I’m no fan of geera (cumin), with a few adult beverages, crusty dinner rolls and good company, this dish hits the spot. Spicy, deep flavors of roasted cumin and tender morsels of meat, this is an excellent example of how we try to use the entire animal in the Caribbean.
1 1/2 lbs Chicken Hearts
1 heaping tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 small Onion (diced)
3-4 cloves Garlic (smashed)
2 tablespoon Roasted Cumin – divided (ground)
1/2 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
2 Scotch Bonnet Peppers (divided) sliced and diced
2 tablespoon Cilantro
IMPORTANT! If doing this recipe gluten free please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Also be mindful to wear gloves and wash your hands with soap and water immediately after handing such hot peppers.
Cut each heart into two pieces, remove any fat and wash with cool water and the juice of a lime or lemon (not mentioned in the ingredients list unfortunately).
Lets now season with 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin (powder), Caribbean Green Seasoning, black pepper, salt, onion, garlic and 1 scotch bonnet pepper. Mix and let marinate for about 1 hour, two hours would be even better.
Heat a pan (I used a heavy cast iron pan as I like the way I get a caramelized flavor at the end) on a medium flame and add the oil. Add the cumin seeds, turn the heat down to low so we don’t burn the cumin seeds. Add the remaining dry roasted powder cumin (geera) and cook for 3-5 minutes.
Turn the heat up to medium and add the seasoned chicken hearts, including the marinade. Stir to coat with the geera we cooked off earlier.
As it comes to a boil, it will sprout it’s own liquid. DON’T cover, cook on a med/low flame.
BTW, if you’ve not already guessed it, in the Southern Caribbean (anywhere where East Indians Indentured Laborers influence the culinary culture) you’ll find that Cumin is called Geera.
20 – 25 minutes later the liquid will burn off. Make sure the chicken hearts are completely rid of all liquid and you get that deep rich color and hopefully you can see the oil we started off with at the bottom of the pan. Fry-Dong as my mom say!
Top with the chopped cilantro (in the Caribbean Shado Beni / Chadon Beni / Culantro would be used) and add the remaining finely diced scotch bonnet pepper (or leave it out if you’re concerned about the raw heat). Keep the seeds for even more HEAT from the Caribbean Sunshine.