Sunday, February 27, 2011

El Salvador - Red Bean and Cheese Pupusas

These look delicious and come with a variety of fillings including meat. I picked these red bean and cheese ones to try.

Ingredients:

* red kidney beans
* 1 onion
* 2 garlic cloves
* 2 tbls olive oil
* pinch of salt
* grated cheese
* 2 cups of water
* 3 cups of corn masa mix



Cook the beans, onion and garlic in 1 spoon of the oil until soft.



Puree the mix in a blender with half a cup of water.



Put the puree back in a pan with the rest of the oil and cook until it reduces into a thick paste.



Mix the water and corn masa mix together.



It's a messy job!



Eventually it'll form a dough.



Grate some cheese.



Take a small ball of dough and form it into a disc. Put a spoon of puree onto it.



Add some cheese.



Add another disc on top and press down the sides to seal it.



Melt a bit of butter or oil in a pan and cook the pupusa on both sides for a few minutes each



When finished it'll look like this.



Eat while still warm.



Really delicious. The filling is so tasty. I ate four of these and they're very stodgy in a lovely comforting way. I'm definitely going to make them again and try some different fillings.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Chile - Completo Hot Dog

I love hot dogs and this version is very popular in Chile. It includes avocado, which I'm not keen on but I'll give it a try for the sake of my blog!

Ingredients:

* 1 tbls of oil
* hot dog buns
* hot dog sausages
* 1 ripe avocado
* hot sauce
* mayonnaise
* tomato sauce
* mustard
* 1 tomato
* 1 onion
* 1 lemon
* salt



First, you need to get some of the ingredients ready. Start by peeling the avocado and mashing it with a fork. Add 2 tbls of lemon juice from the lemon and half a teaspoon of salt and stir well.



Slice the onion and cook it in the oil until it's cooked and translucent.



Dice the tomato.



Cook the hot dogs according to it's instructions. Now you're ready to start assembling the hot dog. Put the hot dog in the bun and drizzle with a small amount of hot sauce.



Next add the fried onions and the diced tomato.



Now add a good helping of the avocado.



Then a stripe of mayonnaise on top.



Finish it off with some tomato sauce and mustard. I ate mine with some tortilla chips too.



I can see why they call it a completo, it's a lot of different things to have on top of a hot dog. I almost dislocated my jaw trying to eat it. It was delicious, even with the avocado. All the flavours of the sauces went really well together to make each mouthful hot, creamy and spicy. Very nice but hard to eat!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bhutan - Kewa Phagsha

This is a dish of spicy pork and potatoes. The cooking method isn't one I'm used to but I'm looking forward to tasting it.

Ingredients:

* 350 g of pork
* 2 potatoes peeled.
* 3 green chillies.
* 1/2 onion.
* 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
* 3 cloves of garlic
* 1 piece of ginger
* 1/2 tbls oil



Cut the pork into strips and place in your pan.



Add 300-400ml of boiling water and boil the pork for 10 minutes.



Cut the potatoes into wedges length ways and add to the pan. Boil for another 10 minutes.



Add all the other ingredients and simmer for another 10 minutes. Prepare some rice in a dish.



Spoon over the rice and eat.




I was really curious how this would taste with the pork being boiled instead of sauteed. It was really delicious. The pork was really soft and tender. The sauce to this dish was more like a broth which went well with the rice, it was also really tasty. It was nicely spicy and left a tingle in my mouth but didn't burn. Very nice, I'd make it again.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Nepal - Dhal Bhat

Translated this is basically lentils and rice, which is a staple food of Nepal.

Ingredients:

* 10 tbls lentils
* chopped tomatoes
* oil
* 1 medium onion
* chili flakes
* coriander
* garlic salt
* garam masala
* rice



Put the lentils in a pan and cook with 5 cups of water.



When they are soft add the garam masala, garlic salt and chili flakes. Stir well.



In another pan, cook the onion and tomato in the oil and add it to the lentils.



Boil the rice and put a layer of it in a bowl.



Spoon over the lentils and add some coriander leaves



This was simple to make and really flavourful. I like lentils but I don't know many ways to cook them so I'll definitely be making this again and experimenting with different lentils. Very nice!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Bolivia - Silpancho

I'm looking forward to trying this Bolivian dish, it looks delicious!

Ingredients:

* 1 thin cut beef steak
* 1 egg
* 1 cup of rice
* 2-3 potatoes
* salt and pepper
* 1 onion
* 1-2 tomatoes
* oil for frying
* 1 cup of breadcrumbs



First, the rice and potatoes need to cook in some water. I put both in the same pan and took out the potatoes when they are almost done.



Take the steak, sprinkle with salt and pepper and then pound it with a meat mallet or if like me you haven't got one just use a rolling pin. When it's flat coat it in breadcrumbs on either side and set aside.



Slice up the potatoes and fry until browned in a tablespoon of oil. Drain on kitchen paper.



Next, fry the steak on both sides until done and set aside.



Fry an egg, drain the rice then chop the tomato and onion and you're ready to assemble the dish.

Place the rice on a plate. Put the steak on top and then the fried egg on top of that. Place the potatoes around the rice and sprinkle some chopped onion and tomato on top of it all.



I love how this dish looks plated up, really appetising. The ingredients all go well together. It seemed kind of breakfasty to me but it'd be good for any meal. Filling and really tasty.