Martinican Colombo de Poulet

Martinican Colombo de Poulet

Colombo de Poulet is a popular dish in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The key ingredient is the spice bend Colombo powder (Poudre de Colombo) with brown mustard and white rice. You can find the seasoning at any market on the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. It's named after the capital of its origin, Sri Lanka.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Martinican
Servings 3



  • 1.5 lbs chicken legs


  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger grated

Packaged Goods/Staples

  • salt & pepper
  • oil
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • starch corn or potato
  • 3-4 cups cooked rice

Colombo Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pouch [1] Anise seeds, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, brown mustard seeds
  • Pouch [2] Turmeric, cumin, coriander, fenugreek, brown mustard, black pepper, cloves, white rice


  • chili peppers sliced

Suggested Sides

  • plantain sliced, fried
  • cooked kidney beans
  • Caribbean rice & beans recipe



  • Cut vegetables into bite-size pieces.


  • Season the chicken legs with salt & pepper to taste, 2 tbsp lemon juice, and 2 tbsp oil.
  • Let them rest for 30 minutes.


  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over low-medium heat.
  • Fry Colombo [1] spices about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Scoop the spices out. Set them aside.
  • Fry the onions until they turn translucent.
  • Add the ginger and chicken legs. Reserve the remaining marinade for later.
  • Fry the chicken legs on all sides until they turn light brown, turning frequently.
  • Add the chicken broth, the remaining marinade, Colombo [2] spices, and salt to taste.
  • Return the fried spices.
  • Optionally, add chili peppers.
  • Cover, bring to a boil, and let cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Add the vegetables and continue to cook for about 10 minutes until all ingredients are cooked.
  • In a CUP, dissolve 1 tbsp starch in 2 tbsp cold water.
  • Stir the slurry into the sauce until the sauce thickens.


  • Serve the chicken with sauce and rice.
  • Optionally, add beans and fried plantain.
  • Enjoy!


  • Substitute the chicken with fish fillets (e.g. cod, halibut, haddock, pollack, bass) or shrimp and adjust the cooking time.
  • Substitute the vegetables with zucchini, potatoes, eggplant, or any pumpkin. Make sure to have two different kinds.
  • Add Caribbean Rice and Beans as a side.