Sunday, March 21, 2010

Comida tipica

In our recent trip to Costa Rica, we stayed in a couple different hostels with common kitchens which gave us a chance to buy some local, in-season veggies and cook up our own "comida tipica". Nothing more simple than carrots and sweet potatoes and black beans, spiced up with some ginger (which I didn't know was so typical in Costa Rica) and cilantro. The only thing missing here to really make it complete as far as Ticos would be concerned is the rice.

  • 1 big fat carrot, peeled and cut into rounds
  • 1 big fat sweet potato (it's white here... not sure what kind it is), peeled and cut into rounds
  • About 2 tbsp fresh minced ginger
  • About 2 tbsp fresh minced garlic
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can of black beans
  • A bunch of fresh cilantro, minced

In a cast-iron pan, sautee half the onion, half the garlic and all the ginger in a generous amount of olive oil until translucent. Add the carrots and potato and stir to cover with the oil. Salt and pepper and allow to cook until the carrot and potato are just soft. Add the cilantro at the end and stir to mix, cooking for a few more minutes.

While the veggies are cooking, sautee the rest of the onion and garlic in a small saucepan until translucent. Add the beans along with the liquid. Salt to taste and allow to simmer for 10 minutes or so.

Serve hot with rice for an excellent and inexpensive dinner!

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