Side Dishes

Poteca de Ahuyama (Colombian-Style Pumpkin or Squash Mash)

7 comments October 9, 2014
Poteca de Ahuyama (Colombian-Syle Pumpkin or Squash Mash)

Poteca de Ahuyama is a Colombian version of mashed squash or pumpkin, made with hogao which is a mixture of scallions, garlic, tomatoes and cumin. This is a traditional dish from El Tolima department of Colombia, located in the Andean region of the country. This Poteca de Ahuyama makes a great side dish for any […]

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Arroz con Palmitos (Rice with Hearts of Palms)

3 comments October 1, 2014
Arroz con Palmitos (Rice with Hearts of Palms)

Arroz con Palmitos is a simple side dish that’ s perfect for a weeknight dinner. This dish is from the department of Amazonas located in the south of Colombia. The department is part of the South American region of the Amazon Forest, the largest forest area in the world that is shared by Venezuela, Brazil, […]

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Ensalada de Zanahoria y Remolacha (Carrot and Beet Salad)

3 comments July 6, 2014
Ensalada de Zanahoria y Remolacha (Carrot and Beet Salad)

One of my mom’s favorite side dishes is this Ensalada de Zanahoria y Remolacha. This is a very simple salad and very popular in Colombian homes and restaurants. My mom served it at least twice a week for lunch but I didn’t like it when I was a kid. A month ago I got an […]

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Chuyaco (Colombian Orange Salad)

7 comments May 21, 2014
Chuyaco (Colombian Orange Salad)

If you’re looking for salad recipe for Memorial Day weekend, try Chuyaco, a traditional orange salad from the department of El Valle del Cauca in Colombia. This orange salad is a perfect appetizer to start your meal, or a side dish for grilled meats and seafood. Eat it as is or with a light meal, […]

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Pegao de Arroz o Pega (Crispy White Rice)

4 comments April 22, 2014
Pegao de Arroz o Pega (Crispy White Rice)

Pegao de Arroz is the crusty rice left over at the bottom of the pot after cooking Colombian-style white rice. This rice dish is crispy and absolutely delicious…really! Unless you are a Latina, or spend a lot of time with a Latin family, chances are you’re not familiar with this home cooked side dish called […]

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10 Must Try Colombian Side Dishes

2 comments April 14, 2014
Colombian side Dishes

The following are some of the most basic side dishes in Colombian cuisine and are served in most Colombian restaurants and homes. I watched my grandmother, my mom and aunts make these popular side dishes throughout my life and now I make them regularly in my home. It was very difficult to narrow down the […]

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Envueltos de Plátano Maduro (Ripe Plantain Wraps)

10 comments March 10, 2014
Envueltos de Plátano Maduro (Ripe Plantain Wraps)

If you’re a fan of ripe plantains, then these Envueltos de Plátano Maduro are for you. And if you’re not yet a fan, I’d bet you will be soon! I love plantains, baked plantains, fried plantains, plantain soup or mashed plantains, it doesn’t matter how they’re served, I could eat plantains every day and be […]

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