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Gallo Pinto – Nicaragua’s national side dish
When you travel to Nicaragua, there is no way around Gallo Pinto. It is the Nicaraguan national dish. The Nicas have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Gallo pinto accompanies almost every meal in Nica. Let us show you how to prepare the specialty with this easy Gallo pinto recipe!
Don’t let the name mislead you the “spotted rooster” is 100% vegetarian. If you traveled across south or central America, you have probably stumbled upon many slightly different version of Gallo Pinto. It’s interesting how the recipe varies from country to country.
The hearty and filling meal consists of rice and common red or black beans. You can eat Gallo pinto with literally anything, cold or warm. We love big, yummy breakfasts and usually had our first serving of Gallo Pinto with scrambled eggs and Nicaraguan cheese.
It takes some time to cook, so make your time worthwhile and cook a little extra!
- 1 cup of red beans
- 1 cup of white rice
- 2 garlic cloves
- vegetable oil
Gallo Pinto recipe
- Pour the red beans into a larger bowl and start rinsing them. Drain them and rinse them again before covering them with water for at least 12 hours.
- After soaking for 12 hours, rinse the beans again and put them in a pot. Cover the beans with water (about 3 cm), add the garlic. Bring to boil and simmer the beans until they are tender. This should take about 2-3 hours.
- Turn off the heat and add a generous amount of salt before letting it sit for another 15 minutes. Drain the beans.
- Heat up oil in a separate pot, add rice and fry for 2-3 minutes with constant stirring. Add 2 cups of water and bring to boil before lowering the heat. Cook rice until all liquid is absorbed.
- Put some oil in a pan. Turn the heat up high and add the beans while stirring regularly. Don’t let them burn. Add rice after a couple of minutes and give it another twist.
More Nicaraguan recipes
When you travel through Central and South America, there is no way around them: Empanadas! Whenever we feel nostalgic, we take out this recipe and reminisce about our time traveling. Sold in buses and on the streets this typical “fast food” is not just cheap and easy to eat to the go but comes literally millions of variations. They can be filled with all kinds of meat, seafood or with vegetables.