Guyana is a beautiful country in the Caribbean world, with the juxtaposition of its varied cultures, religions, languages, food habits, and so on. This South American nation has accepted all kinds of cuisines and added it all to their main-stream diet. Here is a list that acquaints you to the best of the Guyanese dishes, their names, ingredients, and a basic idea of what makes them special.
Bara – An Indo-Guyanese Vegetarian Food
What is it: Bara is basically an Indian style fritter that is usually vegan/vegetarian. Since this is a quick recipe, it is easily available on the streets of Guyana and is a popular finger food in homes too. The base of the fritters is lentil, added with various other spices, and deep fried in vegetable oil.
What does it taste like: The dry, crispy outside and the spongy inside, along with onions, garlic, chilies, and other flavorings are bound to give your taste buds a big jerk.
How to make Guyanese Bara/pakoras/yellow split peas fritters
Channa – Healthy Stir-Cooked Chickpea Snack
What is it: This is a healthy snack item as also a popular side dish. Basically a vegan dish, the main ingredient of this dish is chickpeas that are stir-fried in spices and then tendered in a little water, before serving with rotis or rice. The dish is often served at parties as a snack, especially in Guyanese Hindu festivals like Diwali, where vegetarian food is a tradition.
What does it taste like: The spicy peas will simply melt in your mouth and fill your senses with simple yet exotic flavors of Indian spices.