Costa Rica’s Gallo Pinto

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News Americas, San José, Costa Rica, Fri. July 15, 2011: In Costa Rica visitors can enjoy lovely tropical beaches, the grandest adventures, the wonders of nature, scintillating culture and of course good food!

The country’s cuisine is simple but heavy on oil and some species. Comida tipica or native dishes rely heavily on rice and beans.

Gallo Pinto is Costa Rica ‘s most popular dish, eaten at breakfast largely but at any time of the day. To prepare at home you’ll need the following:
• 2 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 larg onions – thinly sliced
• 2 cups cooked red beans
• ¼ cup water
• 1 cup cooked white rice

Preparation
Cook 1 cup of dry red beans with 6 crushed cloves of garlic and water in a pressure cooker for 15 to 20 minutes. Sauté the onion in a pot. Add in the cooked beans and water. Cook for 5 minutes at a low heat whilst stirring. The beans must remain whole. Now add the cooked rice and simmer for a further 10 minutes, still stirring.
At lunch Gallo Pinto becomes Casado : rice and beans supplemented with cabbage and tomato salad, fried plantains, and meat.

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