ADSactly Food: Typical Venezuelan Food III

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Hello, @adsactly readers

With today's post, I want to close this series that deals with typical Venezuelan foods. In the previous installments I told you about breakfasts and lunches, so logically we would have to talk about dinners. But no. More than dinner, which is not usually as important or substantial for Venezuelans, in terms of quantity (in Venezuela there is a saying that says: breakfast like a prince, lunch like a king and dinner like a pauper). Today I want to talk to you about those meals that are usually appetizers, and that Venezuelans are accustomed to eating at any time.


One of our snack par excellence is the famous Tequeños. The Tequeños are fried rolls stuffed with cheese and are the delight of any party. So much so that balloons and cake can be missed in a celebration, but Tequeños can never be missed. This snack is very easy to make. Knead the wheat flour until it compacts; then chop small strips of dough that wrap up some previously chopped pieces of cheese. When you cover the cheese with the dough, put it in hot oil and let it brown. The result: a crunchy dough with melted cheese inside. To quote the colonel; Finger Licking Good .

Cachapa with cheese

Another food that we can eat at any time is the tasty "cachapa". As you may have noticed, Venezuela is a fan of cornmeal, so there are many dishes that we make with this ingredient. I already mentioned in the previous posts that the arepas and empanadas are made with corn flour; however, the cachapas are made with raw corn. You take the cobs, peel them and then remove the grains. These grains are passed through a food processor to turn them into a yellow paste, to which salt and sugar are added, some people add milk. This paste is spread evenly in a flat container (budare), previously greased and heated. The cachapas can be accompanied with cheese, pork, avocado, margarine or simply eat them alone.


In the same way, corn rolls, another typical Venezuelan food, are made, except that the way the dough is presented is different. With the buns you use the same ingredients of the cachapa (shelled corn and then ground, salt and sugar). The difference is that you take the leaves from the jojotos or corn and wash them; then you make some cones with the leaves and pour there the corn dough; then you wrap, moor and boil them. They are a delight when they are hot and you add butter and cheese.


Before we move on to our next foods, I'd like to remind you that cornmeal originates in American towns. Apparently it was the Mexican Indians who first made the process of making corn flour to feed themselves. I remember reading at one time that for Venezuelan Indians, the arepa was their bread. This corn bread, which they first called "erepa", was made by giving the dough a round shape, imitating the sun god, in order to pay tribute to him as divine food.


Now I'll tell you about Patacones. This dish is typical in other Latin American countries, but it is very popular in Venezuela, especially in the state of Zulia. If there is one food that cannot be missing from our table, it is the banana. From fried, roasted, balled or crushed, the banana is a fixed food in our meals. And the patacón is made of banana. The way to make them is very simple. You take a green banana, take off its shell, cut it into 5-centimeter portions and put it in a previously heated frying pan; then you take them out and crush them; you can do this by placing each circle of banana on a cutting board and pressing with another object. After crushing them, place them again in the frying pan to finish frying. When they are crunchy, take them out and add a touch of salt. Delicious!


I forgot to tell you about cazabe. This is a typical bread of the region. Equally made and consumed first by our Indians, but today, consumed by all. Cazabe is a thin, crunchy, circular bread made of yucca flour. In Venezuela there is a saying: for lack of bread, good is cazabe. The cazabe has a crunchy texture, but if you wet it, it softens completely. That's why many people use it to accompany sancochos or soups; but also to eat fried fish or simply toast it with butter, garlic and parsley. A very contemporary aperitif.

Eating is a pleasure and knowing or tasting foods from other countries is a greater pleasure. Likewise, when we read about those foods, we can also feel a lot of pleasure. With this series I tried to vindicate and make known the food of my country, Venezuela. Make a trip not only for its smells and flavors, but also for its idiosyncrasy. Because it is also worth getting to know a country through its food and culture. In the end, these post were made with pride and love.

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Creo que se te pasó la mano esta vez con tantas delicias en una sola foto! :)
Amazing array of delicious dishes.
It's good to be reminded of how rich our cuisine is.
I love all the dishes based on corn. From the boiled corn to the cachapas.
One thing I have not eaten in a while is the corn cooked/roasted on fogón, a wood fire. It's delicious, but there is not a single place in Cumaná where that is served as a meal.
When I was little and we did not have gas stoves, we cooked on wood fire. After the main meal was done, we'd use the embers to cook corn. Fond memories,

They're a delight! I remember when we used to go to my grandfather's farm and eat roasted corn. I also remember eating something called Mazamorra, a kind of corn food. Delicious. Also what they call "harinita" of peeled corn that we accompanied with sugar. Times that won't come back. ;)

OH, YES! I loved those ones too. I don't know anyone in this city who prepares mazamorra. They prepared it with the juice you get from the green cord while they are being ground. Harinita is easier to get everywhere.
Those are the tastes/flavors of ourchidlhood

These snacks are all very tasty, and perfect to eat at any time in our homes or on trips, as well as accompany family or friendly gatherings. My favorites are those made with aíz, especially the "cachapas" and "bollos"; one of the things I like best about them is their subtly sweet taste that comes from the fresh corn itself. The cazabe is present daily in my homemade food, generally as an element that accompanies other meals (soups), although I can consume it perfectly alone or to eat a fruit like cambur; roasted with the ingredients that you name (butter, garlic and parsley) is a snack delight.
Your series was very pleasant, @nancybriti, and this post in particular. Thank you.

The cazabe, for its high fiber content and its current value, is not very expensive, has become the perfect companion for meals. I believe that it is a food that any foreigner can like. A product worthy of export. ;)

You're a cruel friend, that photo is the hook to read the article hahaha. Nothing like our unique and varied gastronomy, a mixture of diverse cultures that enriched our original heritage. I am a fan of the "Cachapa" with all its existing combinations, and the "tequeños" as well, although these have decreased in the festivities jajaja, well here in Venezuela the festivities have also decreased jaja. The "Casabe" I love with various types of sauces, is an excellent preamble to the food.

That's right! Tequeños and fiestas have decreased in our country, @luces. But we can still meet and enjoy the warmth of friends on a Friday or Saturday, with the collaboration of everyone, with cazabe and garlic. hahaha. Greetings

And with that i go into my kitchen, hope that we have some oil and make tosttones y mariquitas con ajo....

no oil and the plantain is black.... so sad. I can maybe make some sweet plantains. lolololol

You can make baked bananas if they are very ripe, @prettynicevideo! Always try to be creative with the little we have in the kitchen. ;)

Right. Like you're playing "chopped " solitaire edition. Lololl

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Wow i hungry

Me too! ;)

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