Boil and Fry

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Caribbean Vegan: Plant-Based, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion

By Taymer Mason

Published 2021

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This is a popular way of preparing root vegetables in Guyana. The vegetables are first boiled or steamed, and then sautéed with herbs and other aromatic ingredients. For a nice meal, pair it with Eggplant, Hearts of Palm, and Spinach Stew and a slab of Tofish.


  • 11 ounces (310 g) yam, cassava, or breadfruit, diced into 1½-inch (4 cm) cubes
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  1. Boil the yams in salted water until tender. (If using cassava, remember that it contains a toxic compound, so it’s important to cook it fully.)
  2. Meanwhile, steam the plantain in its skin until tender; you can test it by piercing it with a fork.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion, tomato, mixed herbs, garlic, and opti