"PUCHERO" ONE OF THE DELIGHTS GASTRONOMIC CUSCO
El Perú tiene numerosas festividades que celebrar, arraigadas en costumbres y tradiciones. En cada mes podemos apreciar que por lo menos existen dos a tres festividades interesantes de las que podemos disfrutar pobladores locales y visitantes.
Peru has numerous festivals to celebrate. In each month we can see that there are at least two to three festivals that we can enjoy, very interesting for locals and visitors.
Definitely one of the colorful festivities and strong identification of its inhabitants, to be held in February, are carnivals from Cusco. It is true that Brazil is the country home of the carnivals; but in Peru we live and celebrate in a particular way, but no less intense and interesting; the people express, dance, food, music, etc. and other demonstrations of cultural and artistic expression.
The cuisine of the region of Cusco; as in many other regions of Peru; Puchero is the representative dish of carnivals, prepared with many homemade recipes and has managed to live and transcend over time to become one of the most emblematic of the Andean regions of Peru dishes.
The origin of the pot goes back to colonial times. In Spain country that is where we collect considerable cultural influence; Puchero was known like a carnival soup palatable and regional ingredients. The Puchero was cooking in ceramic pot wide mouth and bulging. In the flesh, tongue and pork loin they were introduced. The name of this dish was Puchera.
The influence comes to Peru makes it a carnival dish called "Puchero" or "Timp'o" then will other ingredients have been incorporated. In Spain the pork is used, in Peru the lamb and beef are introduced; besides this inevitable ingredient; They would have been included fresh cooked seasonal fruit like peaches and pears; among other tubers and legumes in Peru known as yucca, yellow virraca, moraya (dehydrated potato), sweet potato; vegetables such as carrots and cabbage among others and particularly dry beef or lamb commonly called "jerky" or "chark'i". The particular ingredients of this dish have shown good taste and creativity of Peruvians; making nice, preferred and soul of the carnival party.
After the cooking ingredients, the broth is separated from the solids and poured into a pot, then serve separately. T'impo stew or served hot, garnished with cabbage leaves or cabbage, white rice and chickpeas. Then the broth (resulting from cooking the boiled ingredients) in a deep dish is served hot can enjoy before or after the pot and finally accompanied by pleasant spicy chili or uchu Kuta; that is smeared generously on each ingredient.
The pot is made usually in the homes of families in Cusco; however it can also be found in almost mandatory consume at carnivals during days of February local markets. The possibility of finding a market is wider than found in a luxurious restaurant.
The pot also is consumed during "Yunsas" represented in the carnival party. It is a traditional festival where people enjoy with joy. It consists of round dance in families; the same dancing around a huge tree typical of the region, which have hanging from its branches, gifts and balloons. While the dancers dance, one of them takes an ax or machete and is cutting the tree trunk; taking turns the act with the other dancers. There comes a time when the tree falls to the surface and the euphoric and soul joyful dancers throw themselves on the branches of the tree to extract gifts. This nice way to live the carnival party called "Yunsa". Many local families congregate to live intensely eating "pot" or "timp'u".
The joyful carnivals of the different regions of Peru have his own place and enjoy every particular; for example in the regions of Ayacucho and Cajamarca carnivals they are considered "cultural heritage of the nation" and "capital of the Peruvian carnival". However other important regions of Peru and Cusco; Carnival is also living with intense joy, rooted customs and traditions that make this festival a particularly special event for local residents and visitors that every year is destined for this magical place.