¡Hola! This time it gets Spanish, as I have just discovered the Caribbean cuisine on my rice route. After rice pudding in Finland and wild rice in Canada now I have checked if there are also any typical Caribbean rice dishes. In Cuba I was successful. There you can find a dish called Moros y Cristianos. If you translate it means Moors and Christians. Even in Wikipedia this dish has its own page. There you can also learn, that it is a dish made of black beans and white rice and that the black beans are also symbols for the Moors while the white rice shall symbolise the Christians. Together these two ingredients shall remind to the oppression of blacks by whites at times of Columbus.
As I already mentioned, this dish is especially very popular in Cuba. But you can find many variations of this dish in the other parts of the Caribbean. Nevertheless, many years ago, when I visited Bonaire and Aruba, I did not discover this dish or, at least, I do not remember this anymore. Probably this would have been an other story with todays knowledge. Usually the black beans and the rice are served together with fried plantains and eggs. But you can serve them also very well with a Carribean pumpkin curry. Due to the current pumpkin season this is, of course, an excellent combination. The original recipes for the pumpkin curry and the black beans and rice I discovered, once again, in my favourite cooking book World Vegetarian Classics* by Celia Brooks Brown which has in the meantime become one of my favourite sources. I just slightly changed the recipes so that they work also with my stock of ingredients. Maybe you still remember my post 10 Thoughts about.. Salt and the garlic salt recipe? If you have now a look at the recipe for the pumpkin curry you will note that at the end you season the curry with a paste, freshly made of garlic and salt. Of course, you can use also the garlic salt from that recipe instead.
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