Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A Brief Guide to Kichwa Cuisine
Tahdah!!! Here it is friends and family feast your eyes upon the delicious.....CHONTACURO!!!! I will explain this exquisite little grub in more detail but first!
I must introduce the basic Kichwa foods and that is starch starch starch in the form of....Yucca!! Yucca or 'Manioc' as I think it's known in the States, is a potato like food that is a huge staple in the Kichwa diet. Its usually boiled and eaten with some salt or mashed, fried, made into flour (for bread), or put in soups. Pictured on the right is a typical breakfast you might find of fried yucca with guayusa or lemon grass tea.
So we've covered a few starches and there are many many more but these are the two main ones. Some other examples are: Papa chinos (or "elephant ears" as you might know them) the bulb at the base is boiled and eaten and is really really scrumptious; Palmitos or "heart of palm" are like those bamboo shoots you find in your fancy salads; Patas are this nut like starch and so delicious too....That's all i can think of for now.
Pictured here is your typical tilapia maito with some yucca and tomato-onion "salad".
Well that about wraps up our basic guide to Kichwa food! Next week: Traditional garments and dance!