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Dominicans consider this bean recipe to be their flag!

Updated on March 25, 2016
Real Dominican flag
Real Dominican flag
A Dominican family eating the "Dominican flag"
A Dominican family eating the "Dominican flag"
Dominican store "Purperia La Morena", where one could buy the food for the "flag": rice, beans, coffee, chicken, tomato sauce.
Dominican store "Purperia La Morena", where one could buy the food for the "flag": rice, beans, coffee, chicken, tomato sauce.
The typical Dominican flag
The typical Dominican flag

The Dominican flag, is the main dish in the Dominican lunch and it has many variations. The rice and beans are not just rice and beans mixed together. They can be rice and beans either prepared separately, or the two prepared together. When they are prepared together then they are known as moro. There are at least four types of moro: red beans moro, black beans moro, pigeon peas moro, or any of the former mixed with coconut. So that gives six variations and you can add four more to the list: stewed red beans, stewed black beans, stewed pigeon peas, this last one with or without coconut. Then the other important item of the flag is the stewed meat, which can be goat, beef, pork, chicken or fish (generally cod). So now the dear Dominican flag has at least fifteen different variations!

Not every Dominican home will produce a Dominican flag style meal every day, as there are many other options that people can prepare, such as Dominican style pasta, creole style Chinese food, or baked pies, which can be prepared with or without meat. Look for some Dominican recipes in the links below and you will be able to see for yourself that the Dominican kitchen is more than just rice and beans!

La Bandera Dominicana/Dominican flag is typically prepared for lunch and it is for sure, the most important meal in the country. It is a combination of beans, rice, meat/seafood and a salad type dish on the side. It is very filling and satisfying and is quite healthy too, as it is made with fresh ingredients.

The Arroz Blanco/ White Rice is cooked soft. Add a little oil to the rice and you can get some Concón/ Burnt Rice on the bottom of the pan. This is a delicacy, as it is much saught after by people and it is the sign that a person has mastered Dominican rice cooking! A heavy skillet should be used for making concón. Have a cup of coffee when you have finished eating and you will have eaten the typical Dominican lunch just like a true Dominican!

The rice is usually white, but Dominicans sometimes also make rice with noodles, sweet corn, or vegetables.

Dominican cuisine has a lot in common with the gastronomic traditions of the neighboring islands of Puerto Rico and Cuba, as well as with the country they share the island of Hispaniola with: Haiti. Dominican food is really a mixture of Spanish, African and Taino Indian food.

Ask a Dominican what he likes to eat - and he'll smile and say - La Bandera!

The video "Comer en la República Dominicana" (eating in the Dominican Rep.) might be in Spanish, but one can still see the "bandera" or typical Dominican flag, the people who cook it and enjoy the views! The DR is definitely a destination of flavors and colors!

Map of the Dominican Republic and Haiti

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