Colombian Pantry


Many ingredients, are common to both Colombian and American cooks. These days, many tropical and exotic fruits and vegetables are available at major supermarkets and have become familiar. However, there are some ingredients typically used in Colombian cooking that may not have become quite so well known.

Homemade Powder Seasoning with Color

How to Make Arequipe or Dulce de Leche in the Oven

How to Make Colombian Quesito

How to Make Pulpa de Tamarino (Tamarind Pulp)


Sazon Goya with Azafran

Yuca or Cassava

Guava Paste or Bocadillo

Plátano Maduro or Ripe Plantain

Guayaba or Guava

Plátano Verde


Papa Criolla or Andean potato



Colombian Fruits




Achiote Oil


Saffron (Azafran)

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1 Gary Molina January 22, 2011 at 3:21 AM

Tu receta para pan de yuca dice usar “queso fresco” pero no especifica que clase de “queso fresco”.
Me puedes indicar que clase usas? creo que hay unas 10-20 clases de queso fresco.

2 Erica January 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Gary-Mexican queso fresco.

3 Gary Molina January 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Thank you sooooo much for your prompt response!!
(I have MORE questions though……)
When you finish making them…. do they end up “tostaditos” or “crujientes” como los de Carulla en Colombia??? OR “blanditos” como un “pan de bono”
Si terminan como “pan de bono”…. como hago para que queden de la otra forma???
1 MILLION de gracias por your time and paciencia!!

4 Gary Molina February 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Cuando tengas una pequena oportunydad ha ver si me puedes responder mi ultima pregunta del 1/22
De nuevo GRACIAS!!

5 Erica February 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Gary- They are “blanditos” I have to ask my aunt como hago para que queden tostados!

6 Gary Molina February 16, 2011 at 3:09 AM

FANTASTICO!!! Ojala que your TIA has the answer that has eluded my wife for many years. Look forward to hearing from you again.
CHAO!! for now

7 Ana Maria Garcia August 11, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Que emocion encontrar tu blog. Las recetas con las que creci y que me encantaria compartir con mi hijo. Gracias por tus aportes a nuestra cultura.

8 Luz Roa September 27, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Que lindo,fabuloso haber encontrado tu blog. Las recetas con las que crecí y que me encantaria compartir con amigos a qui en CA. Me gustaría saber donde encontrar TRIGUISAR.

9 Erica September 27, 2011 at 12:40 PM

Hi Luz, I found Triguisar at a local Latin market.

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