Kitchrie Indo-Caribbean Arts and Culture Festival (1999-2008)
The word “kitchrie” is a simple dish of rice and peas with spices, eaten with hot chutney of pickled green mangos! Now the term “Kitchrie” conjures the ceremonial, ritual meal offered at the Indian wedding feast to the groom by the bride's family, AFTER the nuptial vows are exchange. By “Eating Kitchrie“, the groom expresses satisfaction by the many gifts he has received. BUT he may ask for more gifts BEFORE "eating de kitchrie“. When the groom is compliant, all is well. But a greedy and acquisitive groom, by refusing to eat, can lead tempers flaring and bring an abrupt end to a short-lived marriage. In which case, the innocent bride is left stranded. As such, we have been making the kitchrie, cooking up a storm for 11 year, each time making sure that our kitchrie gets better and better!