The cook up rice is a unique dish from Guyana, composed of rice, cowpea beans of African origin. These basic ingredients have traveled with the African diaspora engendered by slavery, and are now cooked in all the Caribbean and Latin America.
Guyanese cook up rice is also made from a mixture of meats sweetened with coconut, colored with fresh herbs, but of course strongly spicy, like all Caribbean dishes. This very popular dish in Guyana is prepared with families on weekends; it is also traditional to serve it during the New Year meal, because it is a symbol of luck.
Melissa Varswyk presents her delicious family recipe here. Beyond this recipe, she actively contributes to this International Decade for People of African Descent. Find her on https://www.facebook.com/Melissa.Sophia