Tasty Tuesday: Guyanese Salara

For those that know me personally, you know that I have a soft spot for delicious food and because of that I have decided to incorporate recipes into my blog from time to time. Do bear in mind that recipes do not necessarily exist here in Guyana, everything is made to taste and by scratch, so the amount of ingredients is quite hard to catch. That said, let’s get started!!!

This first recipe is of a traditional Guyanese pastry called Salara, others know it as a Red Coconut Roll. Might I add, if you have a sweet tooth, this recipe will be just for you!

Guyanese Salara


  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening


  • 2 Coconuts (Shredded, yields ~ 2 cups coconut)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon or nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • Strawberry food coloring


  1. Put flour, shortening, sugar, water, and yeast into a big mixing bowl.
  2. Knead all ingredients in the bowl until you make a stiff dough. Shape the dough into a ball and let sit for about 1 hour or until it expands to about double in size.
  3. While waiting for dough to expand, start creating the filling, add the following ingredients into a bowl:
    1. Coconut
    2. 1/2 cup sugar
    3. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
    4. 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
    5. Strawberry food coloring
  4. Once ingredients are in the bowl, mix them up until all of the filling is red in color. Cover and let sit until dough is ready.
  5. Once dough is ready, punch down dough and divide it into 2 separate pieces.
  6. Take the first piece and roll it into a large rectangle, nothing smaller then a 12×8 rectangle.
  7. Next, get the filling bowl and spread have of the filling evenly across the piece of dough.
  8. Slowly roll the dough with the filling, starting at the top and moving down. Once the dough is rolled, close the ends and place on a baking pan.
  9. Repeat steps 6-8 for second roll.
  10. Once both rolls are placed in the baking pan lightly coat with honey for added flavor, cover and let sit until over preheats to 375 degrees.
  11. Once oven is preheated, place pan in oven and let bake for 20-30 minutes.

This recipe will yield enough Salara for roughly 10 people and is a very nice welcoming into the Guyanese food culture! Hope you all enjoy!!