Friday, 15 March 2013

Recipe of the Week - Tacu Tacu

Gringa's Tacu Tacu

You have, in part, the wonderful Terry Hope Romero to thank for this one! During testing for Viva Vegan! Terry made a Peruvian dish called “Tacu Tacu” which didn’t make the cut into that book. It is essentially “Fried Quinoa” and is something I make at least once a week, but not to her recipe as I don’t have a copy of it any more. Anyway I prefer it my way. Thanks Terry for the wonderful inspiration. This is how I have been making it. I often add in leftover vegetables, chopped up into small pieces, or change the spices a little, but the idea is super simple and super delicious. A perfect way to use up leftover cooked quinoa.

Carla's Tacu Tacu
Per person

[gluten free] [soy free]

Preparation time – 10 minutes
Cooking time – 15 minutes

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Shallot, halved and thinly sliced
1 Garlic clove, minced

½ teaspoon Cumin
¼ teaspoon Coriander
¼ teaspoon Smoked Paprika

3 tablespoons finely chopped Green Bell Pepper
6 tablespoons finely chopped Red Bell Pepper

2 tablespoons finely chopped Green Onion, about 2 small
2 tablespoons finely chopped Cilantro
1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1 cup cooked Quinoa

1 tablespoon Lime Juice

Hot sauce, salt, and pepper to taste
Cilantro to garnish

Heat the first measure of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic, allow to sizzle and sauté for 1 minute until aromatic.
Add the spices and sauté a minute more.
Add the peppers and sauté until just soft, 3 to 4 minutes, before adding the green onion, cilantro, and second measure of oil and stirring to combine.
Stir in the quinoa. Increase the heat to medium-high. Allow mixture to cook, without stirring, for 3 to 4 minutes until the bottom is golden brown, with darker patches and looks crisp.
Flip using a wide spatula and allow the other side to brown for 3 to 4 minutes. Repeat the flipping and browning once more if desired.
Stir in the lime juice, taste and season as required.
Serve hot, garnished with a sprig of cilantro.


Vic Robinson said...

Looks great! Ive never thought about frying quinoa!

Justin said...

Fresh take on preparing quinoa! I will definitely try this since I've been getting tired of the same old same old. Though cooking isn't my strong suit :p