Salara, also known as Red Coconut Roll, is a popular Guyanese baked treat. It’s a soft, sweet bread filled with a flavorful coconut mixture, often colored red. This delightful pastry is perfect for tea time or as a special snack.


For the Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten

For the Coconut Filling:

  • 2 cups grated coconut (fresh or desiccated)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • Red food coloring (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the warm milk, melted butter, and beaten egg to the dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
  3. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. While the dough is rising, prepare the coconut filling. In a saucepan, combine the grated coconut, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is sticky, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the almond extract and a few drops of red food coloring, if using. Set aside to cool.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  6. Punch down the risen dough and roll it out on a floured surface into a rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Spread the coconut filling evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  8. Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the long edge, and seal the seams.
  9. Place the roll, seam side down, into the prepared loaf pan. Cover and let it rise for an additional 30 minutes.
  10. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
  11. Remove the Salara from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Slice and serve the Salara. Enjoy the sweet coconut flavors in this traditional Guyanese treat!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 250-300
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 5g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Rising Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes


  • Serves: 8-10

Salara is a beautiful, flavorful bread that’s both a feast for the eyes and the palate. Its sweet coconut filling and soft, fluffy dough make it a favorite among both adults and children. Enjoy this unique and tasty bread as a special treat or a part of your culinary adventures!

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