Have A Culinary Trip To South America With Colombian Food Recipes

Not so long ago, it was really only the most serious gourmands who experimented with ethnic cuisines. For most people, eating ‘ethnic’ meant getting Chinese take-out or enjoying a meal in an Italian restaurant. These days, people are more adventurous eaters and they’re just as likely to have sushi as a burger and fries. If you’d like to try a cuisine that is varied, full of Latin flavor and easy to make, you may want to consider getting your hands on some Colombian food recipes.

The South American nation is one of huge diversity. Colombians can be descended from several indigenous groups, from colonists that came here from Spain, from slaves that were brought over from Africa or from immigrants who later arrived from the Middle East or different parts of Europe. This means that local culinary traditions feature a wide range of influences and the variety is added to by the fact that the geographical diversity means there are many ingredients to choose from.

Breakfast can be light and simple, consisting of not much more than fruit and ‘arepa’, which is a pancake-like, corn-based bread. However, it can also be heartier, with egg dishes such as ‘huevos pericos’. Rice and beans feature on the breakfast table in some regions. You may even start your day with a soup made of beef and vegetables or the milky soup known as ‘changua’, which is normally served with a poached egg. Hot chocolate or a cup of the country’s famous coffee rounds off the meal.

The main meal is usually lunch. Chicken is often on the menu, for instance in the form of soup, while seafood is a staple in the Caribbean coastal region. However, most Colombians are dedicated carnivores and their national dish, ‘bandeja paisa’, is a type of mixed grill with pork, beef and sausages.

Popular vegetables include potatoes, carrots, peas and corn. These are often used in tamales, which in this part of the world are wrapped in banana leaves rather than corn husks. Plantains and yuca, also known as cassava, are ubiquitous in Colombian cuisine too and in the more tropical regions, you’ll often find your meal cooked in coconut milk.

Fruit is popular throughout the country and the array of exotic fruits is astonishing. Don’t fret though if you can’t find dragon fruit or soursop in your local supermarket. Colombian cuisine also includes more familiar offerings such as bananas, mangoes, guavas and papayas.

Fruits often feature in desserts. The ‘cholado’, for instance, is a fruity, frozen cocktail that also contains ingredients such as condensed milk. Figs are boiled in syrup and served like preserves, along with cheese. Children’s favorites include a coconut-based flan or rice pudding.

There are different ways to find authentic Colombian recipes. Recipe books that focus on the food of Latin America may feature some. Otherwise, check out various food blogs online. The best sources of good recipes, however, are Colombians themselves, so consider choosing this exciting country as your next holiday destination.

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