Monday, March 23, 2009


(sorry my friends but there's no translation, but does Pollo give you a hint) ;-)

Today I decided to cook something I had not cooked in a while my family loves this dish. It's easy! In Peru, the dish is made originally with lamb meat, but there's people who can't not afford lamb so they use chicken, some others use beef too, I had even tried veal in several occacions and it is super duper delicioso ;-). All of them are great and taste delicious ;-) so if you want to learn how to make Seco here are the instructions

10-12 medium pieces of drumsticks(you can use any part of the chicken)
Cilantro - a small bunch
2 cups of water (or chicken stock) If you are using chicken stock you won't need to use Aji nomoto, today I'm using water.
2-3 small carrots chopped ( I usually cut them in to squares)
1 can of peas
1 large onion chopped
2-3 cloves of Garlic minced
1/4 teaspoon of Palillo(you can use tumeric instead)
1/2 teaspoon of Cumin
About a spoon or so of Olive oil
Aji nomoto (peruvian seasoning) you can find this at any Japanese(yes, Japanese ;-)grocery stores or some other stores where they sell Latin American condiments, it should be in the south american section)
Salt &Pepper to taste

Place the cilantro(washed)and 1/2 cup of water to blend for about 2-3 min (blend until smooth)
In a saucepan over medium heat cooked the chicken make sure it only browns not cooks entirely because we want the chicken to cook with the rest of the ingredients in the pot. When chicken is ready set a side.
In a pot sautee the onion with olive oil , garlic add all condiments right after. Cook for about 3-4 min or til onion it's soft and translucent. After onion is cooked add the cilantro mixture and the rest of the water (chicken stock)
Add chicken, carrots and salt to taste. Let the it cook for about 15 to 20 min or 'til chicken is completely done when ready add the peas, let simmer for couple of more minutes and done!. Let rest for 5 min.

To serve, some steam rice and a boil potato(I know, I know rice and potato?? yes, that's how the dish is served but, you can leave the potato out if you are too carb concious ;-) Either way it's good, so enjoy!

Here are some pictures I took while cooking, the last picture I took, are the condiments in order starting from the top Aji nomoto, Sea Salt( I always use this kind but, you can use any kind), Olive Oil, Pepper, Cumin and Palillo (Tumeric);-)