Culinary tour around the world-2010: Nicaraguan breakfast

Another week for the Culinary Tour around the World 2010 and this time we go to Nicaragua. It was really challanging this time to find much information about this country as there are plenty of photos of Nicaraguan food but only some recipes. Even if there is a recipe, it has some ingredients that are impossible to get in Turkey. So once again I decided to go with a simple recipe but added some Turkish touches and ingredients.
If there is one meal that everyone in Nicaragua eats, it's gallo pinto, which is a healthy and filling dish with basic rice and beans. The beans are red, and the color of the beans on the rice gives gallo pinto, or "painted rooster," its name. Just for improvisation, I decided to change red beans with green lentils and serve with fried egg and shredded cabbage.

What we need:

1 glass of boiled rice
½ glass of boiled green lentils ( traditionally - red beans)
1 onion
3 cloves of garlic
½ green bell pepper
salt and pepper

2 eggs
a handful of shredded cabbage
1 teaspoon of white vinegar
salt and pepper
a pinch of sugar

What we have to do:

1. Pour some oil into a skillet and add onion with garlic. Fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add chopped green pepper and lentils. Fry until solf. Then add boiled rice and heat it through. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Fry 1 egg per serving.
3. Warm some vinegar and mix well with sugar, salt and pepper. Pour over shredded cabbage. Mix it and serve.
4. In a plate put some fried rice and lentils, add fried egg on the top and some cabbage. Enjoy!!!


  1. I love when cooks fearlessly take inspiration from one source and then make it their own. This is a great example. Thanks for bringing this to the Culinary Tour. P.S. Great photo.


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