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The Art of Peruvian Cuisine and Gastronomy

Updated on June 30, 2011
ceviche peruvian recipe pic
ceviche peruvian recipe pic

While talking about world cuisine, the things that hit our minds are Lebanese, Greek, Spanish, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian, and French cuisine, but we cannot leave behind other food cultures that are rich and varied and have an excellent potential to reach the World Culinary Reference Guide and same is the case of Peruvian cuisine. It is really interesting to note that this cuisine has been greatly influenced by the combination of Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, and African cuisine and is therefore a fusion of all these cuisines. The Peru’s cuisine owes much of its success to this great combination and ultimate fusion. The main features of the art of Peruvian cuisine and gastronomy are its presentation, unique taste of recipes, and mixture of a variety of ingredients in cooking. All these things combined together are making possible for this cuisine to be in the top 10 tasty cuisines in the world.

The Ceviche Peruvian Recipe

Interestingly, this famous Peruvian recipe tastes totally different in South America. In Peru, it is made from sour orange, fish, salt, garlic, lemon juice, pepper, and onions. All this is topped with corn, sweet potatoes, and lettuce. You may be surprised to know that this recipe has undergone enormous fusions.

Also, Tiger's Milk Glass (leche de tigre) is a cheaper alternative, which includes fish, lemon juice, pepper, and pisco (a famous brandy produced in Chile and Peru). It's also a famous home remedy against hangover.

leche de tigre - Tiger's milk recipe pic
leche de tigre - Tiger's milk recipe pic

Peruvian Fusion Recipes: If you feel like preparing a meal in Peru style, I have presented a series of recipes, which are delicious and tasty. Here you go:

Huancaina Recipe

This is a very simple recipe that belongs to the beautiful Huanuco city in Peru. This city is very well known for the quality of its cheeses. Huancaina fries are made with boiled potatoes drenched in cheese sauce with addition of salt, milk, and yellow pepper garnished with boiled eggs and olives.

Famous Huancaina Recipe pic
Famous Huancaina Recipe pic

Anticuchos Recipe

This is another famous Peruvian recipe and its main ingredient is beef heart that is marinated with herbs and beer and then grilled like spicy Indian kebabs. This dish is of African descent. According to Peruvian history, 30000 slaves came from Africa to work in the large cotton fields of Peru. At that time, the Spanish feudal lords discarded the viscera of animals and the African slaves used to take the beef heart and marinated and seasoned it heavily before grilling, so in this way, anticuchos recipe took birth and then became really popular in Peru.

Peruvian anticuchos recipe - beef heart
Peruvian anticuchos recipe - beef heart

Lomo Saltado Recipe

This recipe is of Chinese origin and is basically an oriental dish. In simple words, it can be called as Peruvian Beef and Potato Stir Fry. It is accompanied with onions, tomatoes, and fries. The Chinese who migrated to Peru combined their culinary customs with Peru’s cuisine.

Lomo Saltado Recipe - a Peruvian Delight Courtesy: http://tastymealsathome.com
Lomo Saltado Recipe - a Peruvian Delight Courtesy: http://tastymealsathome.com

Potato Skins

It is a potato dough, like a puree, which is filled with beef, olives, raisins, and boiled eggs.

Potato skins
Potato skins
Lima style sigh or sighing Lima - Famous Peruvian Dessert
Lima style sigh or sighing Lima - Famous Peruvian Dessert

Lima Style Sigh

This is a famous Peruvian dessert and is very popular in Peru. It is made from condensed and evaporated milk and egg yolks. The preparation of this recipe is very laborious, as the chef has to put everything to a simmer and stir it for 2 to 3 hours.

So at last I would say that Peruvian dishes have a huge variety and are very healthy at the same time. Undoubtedly, Peruvians have mastered the Art of Good Eating due to many types of fusions with different food cultures of the world and this has also led the Peruvian cuisine to become the greatest symbol of fusion cuisine in the world.

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      Tkumah 6 years ago

      Yummy. Never had Peruvian food. Interesting story about the beef hearts. We used to grill it as a delicacy.

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      Looks appetizing & healthy a rare combination in most cuisines! Good hub!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot TK and nifty for your visit and comments. Yes Peruvian cuisine is a rare combination in most cuisines.

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      ocbill 6 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      This is great. some new experiments in our kitchen.

      Thanks

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes ocbill. This cuisine has totally different recipes, so we get some new things to try.

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      equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Yummi, will I be right if I say " Eat the world - eat Peru" They have something from everywhere.

      We still use a lot of beer in our meat untill today, especially when we do an open-fire barbeque. We call it a "Braai"

      The tiger milk sounds interesting, but will first taste it from someone who knows how to make it, before I will tempt to do it on my own.

      Im printing this and filing it in my recipe folder. Thanx.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks for the visit and good read equealla. Tiger's milk cures hangovers. Also, thank you for taking a print of this hub.

      Don't worry about the second post. It comes up sometimes. I will delete it.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      Hello Sonni, you have done an excellent job here. I originally come from Peru and grew up eating all the above dishes. Reading your hub has made me incredibly hungry, it reminds me old times when me mother used to cook us a Papa a la Huancaina followed by arroz con pollo... delicious!

      Do you know something else? Now I live in France and the French can be very picky about what they eat; but whenever my mom comes to visit me and cooks her Peruvian specialities, my French friends just love it!

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      Loren's Gem 6 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Great hub, Sonni! I like the way you present Peruvian Cuisine. I've just learned something about the foods in Peru and your bright attractive photos make the foods more delicious and appealing. Thumbs up and rating it up! :-)

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi Princessa, that's so wonderful. I didn't knew before today that you are originally from Peru. Yes, Peruvian dishes are really awesome. I tried some Peruvian recipes namely ceviche and Huncaina when I visited Goa made by some friends from Peru. While sharing Indian and Peruvian food recipes with them sitting in my hotel room, I gathered some information about Peruvian history and its cuisine from them, but I was really unhappy when I found that there were no restaurants or hotels in Goa that were serving Peruvian cuisine and same is in Delhi. I wish we have at least a few here where I can take my family for dining out.

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @Loren's Gem, thanks a lot for your visit and appreciation. As Princessa is originally from Peru, I would like her to add some more things about her Peruvian food and culture so that we can get more knowledge on this. Are you there Princessa?

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      What would you like to know Sonni?

      My mom's recipe for anticuchos does not include beer. She marinates the beef heart in vinegar, dried red chillies, cumin salt an pepper. They are delicious!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Princessa for sharing how your mom makes anticuchos. I also don't like having beer in food. I wish I would have that dish. It must be yummy and delicious as you said.

      Dear, if ever you have plans to visit India, especially Delhi, please let me know and me and my family will be more than happy to make some North Indian and South Indian delicacies for you.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 6 years ago from France

      Don't tempt me Soni, I love Indian food. When I was living in Scotland I used to have lots of Indian food because the spices reminded me of my Peruvian food.

      It would be wonderful to meet up one day and exchange recipes!

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      Rajinder Soni 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Princessa, I will tempt you again and again. If you love Indian Tandoori chicken, you have to read my hub https://hubpages.com/food/How-to-Make-Tandori-Chic...

      I would really be glad if we will be able to exchange recipes with you. I like it so much. We also did it at our recent trip to Manali, Swiftzerland of India in Himachal Pradesh. You can also check out my hub where I have mentioned some details of that beautiful place. The super cold and fresh white water coming from Manali mountains is still in my memories. Next time, I plan to take my laptop with me over there and will publish some live hubs on nature.

      Regarding food in Manali, yes it is the best again. They have their own speciality.

      By the way, when are you visiting Delhi. We will show all the famous landmarks in Delhi.

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