October 22, 2022 3 min read
We’ve talked several times in this blog about how Peruvian food excels at forming nutritive and filling recipes.
It is quite common to find Peruvian meals that have all macro nutrients and food families in one same plate, and a great example of this isOlluquito con Charqui.
It’s amazing how they take exotic ingredients that contrast greatly and make them complement each other with their strong and juicy flavors.
In general terms,Olluquito con Charqui is a stew that consists of a tuber and charqui, making it the perfect lunch filled with carbs and proteins mixed together.
But what is charqui, you ask? It’s a traditional Peruvian ingredient, basically it is dried alpaca beef.
Charqui has a strong, jerky-like taste and texture. If you can’t find charqui to make the original andine recipe, you can use sirloin steak chopped or sliced, you can even use ground meat; although it will taste a lot less strong than the original PeruvianOlluquito con Charqui.
The main ingredients forOlluquito con Charqui are actually quite simple, but you can easily add potatoes, beans and peas to the recipe to pack it even more with protein and vitamins.
With this recipe, you’ll get a surprise with its tender and juicy presentation that will double as a delicious sauce for the white rice that accompanies it.
Olluquito, which is also known as ullucus, is a tuber vegetable grown in the Andean region of Peru.
Basically,olluquito is an exotic cross between potatoes and jicamas, and it has a shiny and smooth skin.
They have big amounts of vitamins B and C, and they are very low in salt.
In Peruvian cuisine,olluquito is used mostly in soups and stews, occasionally on some salads.
They are perfect for these types of dishes because they are super watery, it’s also noticeable that they can be eaten either raw or cooked.
But back to the recipe! Olluquito con Charqui is considered as a main Peruvian dish.
It takes about 20 minutes to prepare and from 45 minutes to 1 hour to cook. The amount of ingredients we share are good enough for 6 servings.
What are you waiting for? Get to know a bit more of Peruvian cuisine withOlluquito con Charqui and surprise your family for dinner time. Remember you can always add several ingredients to improve its nutritional value.
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