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A Unique South Pacific Taste Experience

Here are some variations on some popular foods from the tropical Island of Guam. Guam is a large island in the South Pacific and the Chamorro people living there have come up some very tasty recipes with local ingredients. This recipe calls for Anatto (Achoto to the Chamorros) but you can substitute a combination of Paprika and Turmeric if it isn’t available as in my case. Achoto was introduced to the island by the Spanish but the island is a part of the United States today. It is a traditional recipe that all Chamorro girls are expected to master before getting  married. The Kelguen inspired tuna combines the tanginess of lemon with the heat of the hot pepper sauce and the tropical flavour of coconut. The lemon gives it a ceviche like flavour and the peppers and coconut give it a tropical twist.  I’m sure you will find this to be a different taste experience. If you wish to have a more red coloured rice use 1/2 a tablespoon of  turmeric. The coconut oil I used was of the organic variety and it has been found to have a lot of health benefits over regular vegetable oil.


This recipe will serve 4-6 people                                    kelguenrice

Red Rice Ingredients

  • 1 cup of rice (I used Basmati)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons Achoto (Anatto) or 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika and 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion

Preparation of Red Rice Boil 3 cups of salted water in a medium size pot Add the rice, oil, onions and spices and cook on medium high heat for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally Reduce heat and continue to cook for another 15-20 minutes until rice is fully cooked. At some point taste the food and add more salt or spices to taste. Throughout cooking process stir to ensure bottom of pan does not burn and add a little more water if necessary to maintain a moderately moist texture. Remove from heat and cover.

Kelguen Style Tuna Ingredients

  • 2 cans of white tuna or equivalent fresh tuna cut in small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon of soy
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoon of coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped organic greens
  • 4 tablespoons of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce or chopped fresh hot peppers to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon of garlic

Kelguen Style Tuna Preparation Begin by heating 3 tablespoons of coconut or vegetable oil. When hot add onion and sautee until translucent. Add the tuna,soy sauce  and spices. Stir fry for a couple of  minutes. Add the lemon juice and hot pepper sauce or fresh peppers. Reduce heat and add the greens and continue and continue to cook for several minutes on medium low until ingredients are well combined. Serve alongside red rice and enjoy this taste from the beautiful island of Guam. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guam