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Pearlu Rice (Chicken and Ham in a Stew)

Africa, North: Liberian

Pearlu Rice is one of the most popular dishes in Liberia. It is a dinner in entree and all that is required with it is a green salad such as Jungle Salad.

Serve Perlu Rice in a large bowl, and allow everyone to help themselves.


1 3-lb. chicken




1 cup cooking oil

2 lbs. oven ready ham

1 cup onions, chopped coarsely

2 cups cabbage, chopped coarsely

2 quarts water

1 6-oz. can tomato paste

1 Tbs. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

few drops tabasco

2 cups uncooked brown rice


Cut 1 3-lb. chicken in 8 serving pieces. Wash, drain, and dry.

Spread out and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Dip in flour seasoned with salt, pepper,and paprika.

In a 9-inch heavy skillet: Brown chicken in 1 cup cooking oil, on all sides. Transfer to a 6-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot.

Brown 2 lbs.oven ready ham cut in 1-inch cubes on all sides, in the same skillet.

Add to the pot: 1 cup onions, chopped coarsely and 2 cups cabbage, chopped coarsely.

Blend 2 quarts water, 1 6-oz. can tomato paste, 1 Tbs. salt, 1 tsp. black pepper and a few drops tabasco.
Add the liquid to the pot. Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from the pot. Add 2 cups uncooked
brown rice. Cook for 45 minutes, adding water if necessary during cooking.

Return chicken to pot about 5 minutes before ready to serve.

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