Food for the Hungry (FH) works in the Huancavelica communities in Peru where Olluco with Charqui (dried meat) is a traditional food. Olluco, also known as Ullucus, is a cross between a jicama and potato.
Despite containing highly nutritious ingredients such as olluco, jerky and rice, Mrs. Rosa, who is a volunteer mother in Cachi Alta community, adds other ingredients harvested on her farm such as potatoes, beans and peas. This makes the recipe even richer in protein and vitamins. Many families in this area are learning to add ingredients to traditional recipes to improve nutrition for children.
Here is how you make Olluco with Charqui.
Olluco with Charqui
(serves six people)
2 pounds of olluco
2 pounds of rice
1 cup of peas
1 cup of green or yellow beans
11 ounces of charqui (dried meat)
2 pounds of potatoes
½ cup of Panca Pepper Paste (or less to make more mild)