Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: A Culinary Tour of Guyanese Cuisine

I was very fortunate to be chosen for this months edition of Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24.  Its 24 meals from 24 blogs  in 24 hours.   When asked to submit a proposal I knew right away what I was going to do.  I was going to invite a few freinds over and cook some traditional Guyanese meals.   I am from Guyana and I find that our food is one of the least showcased.  Our food is a combination of Caribbean, Chinese, African, Indian and British foods.   I had a really difficult time chosing what to cook because I wanted to do it all.  I spent a few days on the menu and decided that it needed to be simple enough that one woman( or maybe two) can actually prepare all of the food.    I also took suggestions from my guests  and they all seemed to be on the same track.  The most popular request was dhal puri and curry so that had to be a part of the menu.

Together my mom and I slaved away in the kitchen to prepare this meal.  A couple of my friends came over and gobbled up the food.  We had enough to eat, take home and still have left over for lunch tomorrow–that’s because I don’t know how much is too much when it comes to entertaining.  It was a great night of food, drinks, good conversations and company.  The beverage of choice for the night was beer…does that go well with spicy foods?  I have no clue, but there were no complaints!  Thanks to foodbuzz for making this event possible and am definitely looking forward to participating in another round of 24,24,24.  I have posted most of the recipes, but for those that I haven’t posted as yet, I will do so in the up coming week, so stay tuned!

My menu is as follows:

Guyanese style Beef Patties


Sauteed Saltfish

Chicken and Potato Curry

Dhal Puri

Rice and Cheese Loaf

Baked Custard


beefpatty11Guyanese Style Beef Patty


 Bake and Saltfish

curry3curry1Chicken and Potato Curry with Dhal Puri

Curry is a very popular dish in Guyana.   More than half of Guyana’s population originate from India, so our culture and cuisine reflects that.   Any vegetable or meat can be made into a curry,  I used the very popular chicken and potato combination.  It is served with Dhal Puri, and Indian flatbread.


cheeseloaf11Rice and Cheese Loaf

This is a dish that I grew up eating, it was always part of the sunday dinner menu.  Rice is a large part of our diet, so its only fitting that our Mac and cheese is made with rice instead of pasta.  Cooked Rice is covered in a warm cheese sauce and baked until golden and bubbly




custard11Baked Vanilla Custard

Baked Vanilla Custard

3 cups evaporated milk

1/2 can condensed milk (14 oz can)

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract



Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Heat milk, do not allow to boil.  Beat eggs and add warm milk gradually to eggs.  This is called tempering and prevents the eggs from scrambling when added to the warm milk.  Add egg mixture to remaining milk and add vanilla.  Pour into greased baking dish and sprinkle grated nutmeg over top.   Place the pan in a larger pan filled with water and bake for 40 mins.



  1. July 26, 2009 / 8:40 am

    I have never had that rice and cheese loaf 🙂 looks interesting!

  2. kanema
    July 26, 2009 / 10:12 am

    Everything tasted as good as it looks.. I was one of the guests and I couldn’t stop eating. With such delicious dishes I had a piece of Guyana in her apartment. I recommend trying each of these dishes.

  3. pds
    July 26, 2009 / 10:44 am

    Saltfish and bake! And that dhal puri looks absolutely great. I hope you post your recipe soon.

    I need to find some saltfish today. I’ve got me a craving!

  4. July 27, 2009 / 9:26 am

    This is a great 24, 24, 24 post. So informative! GREG

  5. July 27, 2009 / 1:17 pm

    I use to make a similar rice like that and it is called Spanish Rice but it had tomato in it. Your dal puri skins look perfect and soft. Since I am not from Trinidad or Guyana I have to try harder at my roti skin making skills. Please share this recipe soon.

  6. July 27, 2009 / 9:50 pm

    Wow, that’s a feast.

    Can you share your dhal puri recipe? I’d like to compare.

  7. July 28, 2009 / 5:54 am

    The chicken and potato curry looks delicious! I’d love to try making Indian flatbread too. Must have been a great meal.

  8. July 28, 2009 / 12:52 pm

    Wow, I can’t decide which dish is my favorite. It all looks so tasty.

  9. July 28, 2009 / 1:03 pm

    thank you for guiding us on a delicious tour! I have a friend who is Guyanese and I’ve had dinner at her house a couple of times with her family. I have to say Guyanese cuisine is delish!

  10. July 31, 2009 / 5:07 pm

    So glad you were part of the round up this month. You have one of the most intriguing submissions. We loooooove everything you have up there, but the beef patties and beef curry really strike a chord.

  11. August 1, 2009 / 5:21 am

    I love learning about new cuisines. Everything looks delicious! I don’t think I’ve ever tried saltfish before, so I’d probably try that first!

  12. keisha
    October 26, 2010 / 9:32 am


  13. January 24, 2011 / 9:55 pm

    lolz hahaha am happy you guys LOVE MY COUNTRY RECIPES LOLZ

  14. jojo
    March 20, 2011 / 6:26 pm

    OMG! thank uu soo much! I had to do a presentation on Guyanese, and I showed them this website. Whoever created this website, You saved me an,”F”. THANK YOU!!!

  15. Marissa K
    June 8, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Absolutely love love love your baked custard! It’s amazing! The one thing I did differently was the cook time. But really good 🙂

  16. JehanP
    June 11, 2013 / 6:57 pm

    Thanks Marissa, that’s the way my mom has made it for as long as I can remember.

  17. Irene
    June 17, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Will you be posting the recipe for the beef patties? They look delicious!!