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Gallo Pinto


Gallo Pinto with Ronald

Gallo Pinto with Ronald

I had my first taste of Gallo Pinto tonight.  This rice and bean dish is the national meal of Nicaragua.  Tonight Ronald and I dined on gallo pinto with cheese and fresh corn tortillas.

It translates literally to “spotted rooster”  Wikipedia describes it as follows:

“When the beans and rice are combined, the rice gets colored by the beans, and the mix results in a multi-colored, or specked appearance. Costa Ricans usually use black beans while other versions use small red beans like Nicaraguans. Beans are quickly cooked until the juice is almost consumed. Gallo pinto means ‘spotted rooster’ in Spanish, thus the name fits with the colored rice.”

Tomorrow, I will post a synopsis and pictures of my trip to the two schools mentionned in the posts below.

Categories: Nicaragua
  1. November 3, 2010 at 01:31

    Finally some decent food , Jon…. 😉

    • jon
      November 3, 2010 at 22:17

      actually quite delicious. i had a variation at a jamaican restaurant in toronto, but the one i had in managua was excellent!

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