Beans meet Rice in Costa Rica


Volunteer Costa Rica with Inga Hajdarowicz

No one who has ever visited Costa Rica is likely to forget gallo pinto, and those who have not visited rarely understand how people can be so enamored of rice and beans. Needless to say, the picture of this traditional dish comes first to AIDE Abroad’s desk from Inga Hajdarowicz who is happy to share her culinary experience while doing her Volunteer Costa Rica program with AIDE Abroad.

Gallo-pinto Costa Rica

Traditional Costa Rican meal, Gallo Pinto. Though many variations exist, the dish at its most basic is composed of pre-cooked rice and beans fried together.

When the beans and rice are combined, the rice gets colored by the beans, and the mix results in a multi-colored, or speckled appearance. Gallo pinto means “spotted rooster”, thus the name fits with the colored rice. The host serves it hoping that those eating it will be fooled into believing it contains chicken, the lack of which is disguised by the texture and speckled appearance of the bean and rice mixture.

Casem team Costa Rica

Inga and her team in Costa Rica!

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