January 30, 2022 3 min read
Peruvians love their national food, and with so many types of potato it’s only natural to find yet another recipe where it’s the main ingredient.Carapulcra is one rich recipe that you’ll love.
Carapulcra is a very thick and seasoned Peruvian stew made with charqui, dried meat here known as jerky, and papa seca,chuño or freeze-dried potatoes. Originally the recipe forCarapulcra goes with llama beef, but it can easily be replaced by pork because it’s pretty hard to get the other type of beef.
It is a known fact that over 500 years ago the Incas were already preparingCarapulcra, although many of its characteristic ingredients such as peppers, peanuts and red wine are a true combination of European and African flavors.
In spite of this, we can say that the main character ofCarapulcra is the papa seca; one of hundreds of types of potatoes grown in Peru and preserved in a very special technique.
Peruvian culture learned to dehydrate some types of potatoes to reduce the water weight and make them easier to transport. This technique is what gives papa seca its unique, strong taste.
Carapulcra is definitely not a beginners Peruvian recipe, it has lots of ingredients and it takes about 3 hours total to prepare. The next recipe serves 6 pretty full portions.
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