Traditional Colombian

Chicha de Maíz (Corn Drink)

8 comments February 27, 2014
Chicha de Maiz (Corn Drink)

Chicha de Maíz is a fermented drink traditionally made in a clay pot with corn and pineapple, sweetened with panela (hard brown cane sugar), also known as piloncillo. Sometimes a nonalcoholic version is made with the same ingredients, but without allowing it to ferment, therefore, drink it immediately after you make it. Chicha de Maíz […]

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Sancocho de Albóndigas (Meatball Soup)

6 comments February 24, 2014
Sancocho de Albondigas (Meatball Soup)

This Sancocho de Albóndigas, is a comforting soup made with meatballs, potatoes, yuca, plantain, corn, onions, peppers, other vegetables, herbs and spices. Sunday afternoons growing up in Colombia would be commonly spent with my uncles, crowded around the television watching soccer, my aunts busy in the kitchen talking and cooking with Mamita, while us kids […]

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Caspiroleta Colombiana (Colombian Hot Punch)

4 comments February 22, 2014
Caspiroleta Colombiana (Colombian Hot Punch)

Caspiroleta is a popular hot drink in Colombia and other Latin American countries, usually made with milk, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, and wine, aguardiente, pisco, brandy or rum, depending on the country. However, you can omit the liquor for a kid friendly version. In some countries Caspiroleta is also known as Ponche Crema, and ingredients are […]

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Agua de Panela con Jengibre (Sugar Cane and Ginger Drink)

8 comments February 7, 2014
Agua de Panela con Jengibre (Sugar Cane and Ginger Drink)

Aguapanela or Agua de Panela literally translates in English to “panela water” and is a traditional and popular Colombian drink. It is served hot or cold, is used as a base to make coffee and hot chocolate, and is mixed with lime juice or other ingredients as medicine for the flu. Cold Aguapanela with lime […]

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Torta de Maduro (Ripe Plantain and Cheese Cake)

15 comments February 4, 2014
Torta de Maduro (Ripe Plantain and Cheese Cake)

There are so many traditional Colombian dishes using plantains that I could write a cookbook containing only plantain recipes! Fried ripe plantains (tajadas de maduro) are the most popular way to cook ripe plantains in Latin America, but if you like ripe plantains and want a dish that would show them off in a different […]

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Pastel de Coco (Colombian-Style Coconut Pie)

5 comments February 1, 2014
Pastel de Coco (Colombian-Style Coconut Pie)

This Pastel de Coco is a traditional dessert from the Atlantic coast of Colombia. Coconut is a very important ingredient in the coastal regions of the country, and it is used in both savory and sweet dishes. Colombian-Style Coconut Pie has always been an absolute favorite of mine, given my long running love affair with […]

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Sopa de Avena (Oatmeal Soup)

9 comments January 30, 2014
Sopa de Avena (Oatmeal Soup)

As a child I used to dread Sopa de Avena, but that changed when I moved to the United States and I started craving my grandmother’s food! My grandmother didn’t use written recipes, so I usually cook her dishes from my memories with her in the kitchen. I might also ask my mom, aunts or […]

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