Recipe: Tchaka soup (Haiti)

August 31, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThis Haitian recipe for tchaka soup includes dried corn, red beans and a host of other flavors reminiscent of seeds brought to the island from Africa during the slave trade. INGREDIENTS1-12 ounce bag of dried corn1-12 ounce bag of small red kidney or pinto beans1 1/2 pounds salt-cured pork feet or smoked turkey1 pound of calabaza or kabocha squash, chopped into large pieces1 chayote, peeled and cubed or sliced1 can of coconut milk3 cloves of garlic, thyme and other green seasonings1 packet of chicken bouillion1 Habanero or scotch bonnet pepperSalt and pepper to tasteINSTRUCTIONSBoil the beans and the corn in separate stock pots using unsalted water for 1 1/2 to two hours.In a separate saucepan, add water to the smoked meat until it comes to a full boil and then drain.Combine the beans and corn with their remaining cooking liquid into one pot and add the smoked meat.Add the coconut milk and when it all comes to a boil, add the garlic, chicken bouillion, thyme, other green seasonings and the pepper.Let simmer until the desired thickness is achieved. Serve hot as a main dish.Enjoy!last_img

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