Apr 27, 2012

A typical Guyanese breakfast

I often times get a lot of questions about my Guyanese heritage. So many want to know what language is spoken in Guyana, what types of food is eaten and what some customs might be. Although I was born in Guyana, I left when I was 3. My parents did bring me and my siblings up with a lot of Guyanese culture. I wanted to show you what a typical breakfast in a Guyanese household might looks like.

This dish is what we would call "Channa and boiled egg". It is very simple and is nothing more than heavily seasoned chick peas/garbanzo beans and a boiled egg. I make it by starting off with some sliced onion, scallion and tomato. I saute my veggies in a splash of oil for a few and add one can of chick peas with the liquid. I season with Spanish style seasonings, Creole seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, cumin and hot pepper sauce. I cook it until it gets tender. I serve it with fresh, sliced scallion on top and a boiled egg cut in half. Simple, filling and flavorful. I made this dish today because I had a taste for it. 

I will periodically share recipes and interesting facts from my culture. If there is anything you are curious about please leave me a comment or you can always email me. Have a great weekend! :)

Shelly, Mom Files

11 comments:

  1. This is so interesting. I'm glad you're keeping your heritage alive in the lives of your children. Hopefully they'll pass some of these customs on to their children one day...So, what do they think of a breakfast like this? Do they beg for scrambled eggs instead or embrace it?

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    1. They would more enjoy this as a brunch type of item. I think they eat it just to humor me though :-)

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  2. i dont think i ever had this breakfast. but i do love me some fried channa :)

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    1. I am surprised you have never had fried channa with egg!

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  3. @Nikki...Oh yummy fried channa

    Shelly you and your hot sauce lol. Ms. Ashleigh would love you. She is the only one who loves my curry channa. I'm not a fan of boiled eggs nad don't eat the things but Alyssa will gobble it up. Nice share. And thanks again for making me feel bad hehehe

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  4. Yum! I love boiled and Fried Channa! I have this as anytime snack. Good to find another Guyanese blogger :-)

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  5. I love chickpeas! I also love spices, so this dish would be right up my alley. :D

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  6. I love channa! My half-Swedish son does too! And my all Swedish husband loves to cook it for us :)

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  7. That looks so freaking good !

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  8. Love Channa and Boiled Eggs but never had them prepared like this, yummy!

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  9. Thank you so much. I'm an ESL teacher, I am trying to do a lesson on local breakfasts around the world and everywhere I look for info on Guyana, all I find is tourist stuff. Your page was massively helpful.

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