Savor a Taste of the Amazon
One of the favorite “down time” activities on International Expeditions’ Amazon Voyages is spending time with the chef learning to make local dishes. The most popular rainforest foods focus on fresh ingredients and simple preparation. Here are amazing Amazonian recipes you can make at home for a delicious taste of adventure!
One of our favorite rainforest foods, pataraschca is a delicious Peruvian fish dish traditionally cooked over hot coals. Don’t worry, this recipe includes instructions for cooking indoor!
- 2 cups misto (Amazonian seasoning paste)
- 4 lb catfish or tilapia filets, portioned into 8 oz portions
- Kosher salt to taste
- 1 lb 4 oz thinly sliced red onion
- 2 habanero chiles, seeded and julienned
- 4 oz culantro leaves
- 2 bunches of banana or bijao leaves (TIP: If using banana leaves, pass over an open flame to soften)
- 1 quart cooked white rice
- 1 quart Peruvian salsa
- Rub the misto paste evenly over the fish fillets and season with salt
- Arrange four banana or bijao leaves on a work surface.
- Arrange a fish filet in the center of each leaf and evenly distribute the red onion, habanero and culantro.
- Bring the top edges of each pouch together, and fold the leaf in on itself several times to create a tight seam. Fold the two outside edges down to tuck underneath the filets.
- Heat a griddle over medium-high heat and cook the packets with seam side down for 10 minutes. Flip and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, until the fish is fully cooked.
- Unwrap leaves and serve immediately with white rice.
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