Ecuadorian food: Cazuela de mariscos
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This is a traditional dish from the Coastal region of Ecuador that has green plantain as the main ingredient. As a matter of fact, 30% of bananas eaten worldwide come from Ecuador therefore finding plantain, one variety of bananas, in many dishes is not uncommon.
The word cazuela comes from the pot where the dish is made and served, a clay vessel that is wider than deeper.
Although cazuela used to be prepared mainly with fish, now you can taste cazuela with shrimp, crab, calamari, octopus, and other seafood.
How is it made
The first step is to grate the green plantain and prepare the seasoning with cumin, coriander, pepper, salt, oil, and water. The mix of these ingredients, including fish and peanut paste results in this delicious dish.
How do we eat cazuela
Most restaurants serving traditional food from the coastal region of Ecuador will serve cazuela. The toppings may vary a bit, but for most, they include green plantains rice, and some may add some ketchup for additional flavor.
Traditional food from the Coastal region you should taste
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Make sure to taste some cazuela if you love tasting different food or want to experience some of our local flavors.
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