Month: April 2018

Caribbean Fried Cassava-Yuca

Caribbean Fried Cassava-Yuca

Cassava root also called yuca is very popular in Guyana like many tropical countries, often replacing the potato as the main source of carbohydrates. However, it has more food energy than any other food except perhaps sugar cane. It is native to Guyana, Brazil and […]

Sauteed Bora-Green Beans Caribbean Style

Sauteed Bora-Green Beans Caribbean Style

Bora, also known as yard-long beans or snake beans are found throughout the Caribbean. This recipe can also be used with green beans found commonly in the grocery stores or farmers markets in the U.S.

Sauteed Eggplant and Shrimp-Guyanese Fry Baigan

Sauteed Eggplant and Shrimp-Guyanese Fry Baigan

This year, the weather in Maryland resulted in an an abundance of eggplant and tomatoes in my garden, even to this day in October. My daughter’s urban garden is also abundant in eggplant and tomatoes. For us, this means lots of Baigan choka (roasted eggplant, Baiganee (a fried eggplant dish) and sauteed eggplant or “fry baigan and shrimp” as Guyanese call it. This dish is sauteed and not “fried”, however. Since I love seafood, I have also included Shrimp. Since Guyana is the land of many waters, seafood and particularly, shrimp, salted codfish and crabs are added to many vegetable dishes including “fry baigan”. I recall seeing people throwing a seine net to catch shrimps at No. 63 beach in Corentyne, Berbice, Guyana. Shrimp in Guyana are often dried as a means of preserving for a long time. Oftentimes, dried shrimp are used in dishes, but I prefer the flavor of fresh shrimp. Now, that I live near the Chesapeake Bay, I also catch crabs in a crab pot and can add these fresh crabs to my dishes, including eggplant when I don’t want crabs Chesapeake style. But who wouldn’t want crabs Maryland Style?.

This recipe is an easy delicious recipe with or without shrimp. You can find video instructions for Sauteed Eggplant and shrimp-Guyanese Fry Baigan here.