La Hallaca, typical Christmas dish in Venezuela

Christmas is no fun when there is nothing exciting to eat . Especially foods  without flavors, temptation or  no distinction. We all love our belly and love great tasty surprises.

Pastelle is another main dish that is served in the Caribbean during the Xmas season and makes the count down no.3 to Xmas eve’s list  by its surprising nature. If you have never heard or tried pastelle, a Caribbean treat. It is made of corn and it holds a taste of bliss that is trapped inside. This is its surprise and what it holds can be anything of which the Cook prefers. From vegetables to meats: pork and beef are mainly used. But for the best of health, beef and spinach will be a part of this recipe’s surprise.

 Beef Spinach Pastelle


2 cups of spinach or bhaji, blanched

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 tomatoes sauce

1 Carrot

Soy bean oil

3 gloves of garlic

1 onion

6 pimientos

1 or 2 shano beni

1 chive

1/2 lb of ground beef



2 cups  grade A cornmeal

3 cups of lukewarm water

4 tbsp of vegetable oil or olive oil

Sea salt for taste.


2-3 fig (banana) leaves

String to tie


Click this link to see how pastelle is made. Note- this video is not made by me and it was given to show how pastelle is made. 

My apologies for not including the image of the beef spinach pastelle recipe above as my camera  was broken over the past  weekend.

Photo credits to Pinterest.



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