Guruma dish | Source: YouTube/Matthew's Guyanese Cooking
Guruma dish | Source: YouTube/Matthew's Guyanese Cooking

Guruma Recipe — a Sweet and Spicy Mango Dish with a Guyanese Twist

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Mar 13, 2024
01:30 P.M.
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Looking to satisfy your craving with a dish that offers a spicy twist? Look no further than the Guruma recipe—a traditional dish from Guyana, renowned for its bold and flavorful character.

Guruma boasts a harmonious blend of spices like cumin, cloves, and cinnamon, creating a rich and aromatic sauce that perfectly complements its main ingredient: mangoes. This dish is typically served as a main course alongside rice or roti.

While Guyana claims Guruma as its own, variations of this dish can be found worldwide under different names, such as Gurma, Garumba, Garam, and Mango Takari. For spicy food enthusiasts eager to recreate this unique dish, follow this simple Guruma recipe!

A plate of roti and a bowl of Guruma | Source: YouTube/oldtimewhimcooking

A plate of roti and a bowl of Guruma | Source: YouTube/oldtimewhimcooking

Guruma Recipe


  • 4 half-ripe mangoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar, to taste
  • 3-4 dried cloves
  • 1 small piece of nutmeg (grated)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • water, as needed


  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the whole cumin seeds and roast them lightly until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the roasted cumin powder, sugar, dried cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon stick. Mix well.
  4. Add the mangoes to the pot and coat them with the spices.
  5. Pour in the honey and stir to combine.
  6. Add enough water to achieve your desired consistency.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 8-10 minutes, or until the mangoes are tender and the sauce thickens.
  8. Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding more honey if needed.
  9. Once cooked, remove from heat and let it cool slightly.
  10. Serve the Guruma with roti or rice. Enjoy!

Note: Feel free to adjust the spices and sweetness according to your taste preferences.

Guruma is a culinary delight that transcends borders, offering a symphony of flavors that will please both spicy food enthusiasts and those in search of new culinary adventures. With its bold and delicious profile, this dish is sure to satisfy your craving for something truly remarkable.

If you're up for another equally scrumptious adventure, consider delving into the Fluke Recipe for a simple yet delightful seafood feast.

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