Anyone for a Pachamanca?

A Pachamanca is a traditional Peruvian method of cooking, based on baking food with the aid of hot stones or bricks usually buried in the ground. A fire is lit next to the stones, the food is placed near the hot stones, then covered with earth. The word Pachamanca comes from the Quechua words pacha =“earth” and manka =“pot”. Pachamanca originates from the Andes and has probably existed since Inca times.

This can be used for cooking lamb, goat, pork, chicken and guinea pig as well as potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, cassava /yucca, and maize, the food often being wrapped in corn husks or plantain leaves.

In a visit to the sierra region in 2015 Project Peru visitors were treated to a pachamanca by the villagers

... and on special occasions we have a pachamanca in the Project Peru refuge.

Posted on 29 September 2015 and filed under Catering, News from Peru