This ital ackee dish is suitable for vegetarians. If you are unable to or do not eat fish or meat but want to enjoy the delicious taste of the ackee try this recipe.
So what does Ital mean? For those who do not already know, the word ital is used by Jamaican Rastafarians to describe their type of cooking, which is cooking without meat and cooking with little to no salt.
Ital Ackee dish for the vegetarians
- 1 Can of ackee Or use 1 dozen fresh ackee
- 1 Small onion Sliced
- 1 Medium tomato Sliced
- ½ Sweet bell pepper Sliced
- 2 Cloves garlic Crush
- 2 Scallions (spring onions)
- 3 Sprig of dried thyme
- ¼ - ½ Scotch bonnet pepper Remove seed
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 4 tbsp Vegetable oil
- Open the can of ackee and pour it into a strainer and leave to drain. Depends on how hard the ackee is (some brands are really hard) you nay want to boil the for about 5 minutes.
- If you are using fresh ackee, pluck the ackee pods out of the outer skin and remove the seeds and the pink aril. Wash, place in a saucepan cover with water and cook for 15 to 20 minutes then drain.
- Fire on medium, heat the oil in a saucepan then add the onions, garlic and thyme and saute until the onion is soft.
- Add the tomato, sweet pepper, scotch bonnet pepper, scallions and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir continuously.
- Stir in the ackee. Cover the pot, turn the heat to low and let it cook for another 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so not to burn.