Pallares: Delicious and Nutritive Food
Zero hunger with sustainable practices.
June 22, 2018 - Peru
The Cañete Valley, where our home is located, is well known for its great agricultural activity and good weather. Our farms are ideal for planting. We grow a wide variety of fruits, such as watermelon, apple, orange, banana, mango, custard apple; and also vegetables, like yucca, tomato, onion, carrot, cilantro, lettuce, pallar, and many others. Many of the products sown in the fields of our home are used to prepare our own food. One of them is “guiso de pallar” (pallar stew). This legume is grown throughout the year; and in our home, its harvest is a job in which the staff and children participate all together.
Anita, from Casa Señor de los Milagros, tells us that "once the gardeners harvest the pallares, they are distributed in sacks to all the little houses. We get together in groups and remove the shells, while we talk and tell jokes. Then we take them to the kitchen so that the cooks can prepare our lunch."
And how is the stew prepared? Before you start cooking, you must know the ingredients. The cooking expert, tía Carmen, tells us that in this succulent dish, "in addition to the pallares, you need finely diced onions, oil, ground garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and cumin. If you wish, you can also add pork."
Its preparation is very simple, says tía Carmen, first "you must make sure to soak the pallares overnight. Once we start cooking, we put them in a pot with water, boil them until they are plump and tender. In a separate pan, fry the onion with hot oil. When the onion is golden, add the garlic, and season it with salt, cumin, pepper, and to give it more flavor, a little bit of oregano. Then we pour the pallares and let them cook until they are ready. Here we serve this dish with white rice and fresh salad like tomato and lettuce, or sometimes with fried egg.”
Pallar is also served with other delicious dishes such as locro, spicy beans and soups. The diet of our children is one of our highest priorities, which is why this nutrient-rich dish is one of our most commonly served. It is highly recommended by nutritionists as it provides energy and necessary benefits for the development of our children.
Part of the ingredients that are needed to prepare our food are cultivated in our fields. The agricultural work done at NPH Peru is very important since it allows us to lead a predictable and sustainable life by making rational use of our resources without much investment. Responsible consumption at NPH Peru allows us to achieve something amazing for our children: Zero Hunger with sustainable practices.