Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Volquetero Recipe

This dish is common in Puyo Ecuador. Volquetero is literally translated as Dumptrucker. Essentially, it is a plate full of Ecuadorian bus/street food. It is a fun recipe that uses plantains. 

volquetero recipe - Ecuadorian street food Puyo Ecuador

Plantain - sliced and fried in oil 
Chochos (Lupine beans - available in latino/italian grocery sections in glass jar) 
Chulpe (popped Maize Chulpe - available at latino markets)
Tomato - 1/2 chopped
Red Onion - 2 T
Lemon - juice from one small
Cilantro - 1 T fresh
Tuna - 1 can
  1. Chop or finely slice onion and soak in water with 1tsp salt. 
  2. Chop tomato and cucumber if desired.
  3. Strain onion and combine with tomato, cucumber, and cilantro in a bowl and squeeze lemon over all. 
  4. Heat 2 T oil in pan, add corn, place lid and shake over medium heat until kernels pop. The corn will appear larger, but not like the popcorn we are accustomed to as this corn pops inside. Strain on paper towel and lightly salt
  5. Thinly slice plantains. Heat oil deep enough to cover plantain slices. Once oil is 350 degrees, add plantain slices and fry until lightly brown. Remove with wire spoon and strain on paper towel and lightly salt. 
  6. Remove skins from Lupine beans by pinching. Rinse beans.
  7. Drain can of tuna
  8. Assemble the dish with plantain chips, corn, and beans topped with tuna and topped again with tomato, onion, cucumber. Add more lemon juice/salt if desired. 
Enjoy with a glass of passion fruit juice!

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