Preparation Methods for Guyanese Cooking Edit
Guyanese cuisine uses elements borrowed from the various cooking traditions of their neighbors and developed through their own traditional dishes. While there are no specific or unique preparation methods for Guyanese cooking, we should point out that attention to details is important in the Guyanese cuisine. Using the right amount of spices for example is essential – either for spicing up the taste or for coloring the dish. The diversity of vegetables and grains found in Guyana is also noticed in the delicious dishes belonging to their cuisine. The visual attractiveness of the dish is also important, and a balance between colors and proportion is key. Each traditional dish has a special cooking method, which is more or less general in all of Guyana’s regions. Meat is one of the main elements of most Guyanese dishes and cured and smoked hams are often parts of delicious dishes.
Guyanese Food Traditions and Festivals Edit
Due to the fact that there are more distinctive religions in Guyana, there are some dishes which are excluded on religious bases: the Muslims do not eat pork and the Hindus don’t eat beef. The ethnic diversity also leads to a number of festivals and celebrations during the year, like: Eid ul Fitr, Eid ul Azah, Youman Nabi, Phagwag, Deepavali, Easter, Christmas or Masharamani. The Masharamani festival is in fact a carnival whose name means “a job well done” and it takes place in February, for the days of the Republic. The most important dishes that are consumed on these occasions are the metagge, curry and roti, garlic pork, dhol-puri and chow mein.
People in Guyanese Food Edit
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There are many chefs who creatively use the basic ingredients and cooking methods for traditional Guyanese dishes and create original and delicious food variations. Guyanese chefs are passionate about their traditional dishes and they enjoy presenting them to foreigners who have never tasted them before. Whether they are cooking dishes that go back in time for centuries or brand new, modern dishes, Guyanese chefs take pride in what they do, and this is readily noticeable in the unforgettable taste of their cooking.