Guiso de Trigo // Peruvian Wheat Berry Stew

guiso de trigo Wheat berries are stewed with fava beans and potatoes, then seasoned with fresh mint to create Guiso de Trigo (Peruvian Wheat Berry Stew), this delicious Andes meal.

As we would make our way out to the mountain cities, we were often greeted by changes in landscape, new creatures and cold temperatures. Alpacas and vicuñas lined the highway and would peer at the car as it would drive by. The mountains appeared like a patchwork quilt; the shades of green were too numerous to count. Purple flowers dot the potato fields and the quinoa appears like a vertical rainbow of color.

guiso de trigoArriving meant leaving the car and stepping out into the bone chilling cold temperatures. Most of the towns visited, we were greeted by friends who immediately welcomed us into their homes and put a warm mug of something to drink in our hands. As we started to adjust to the temperatures, the layers of jackets, long sleeves and hats began to peel off.

guiso de trigo

The food served in the mountains consists primarily of the things that are harvested nearby. Items brought from further away, like vegetable oil or canned tuna are sold at high prices and can be hard to find. If you ever have an opportunity to visit, you will be served things like choclo con queso (starchy corn with fresh cheese), quinoa atamalada (stewed quinoa) or maybe a delicious Guiso de Trigo (wheat berry stew). Of course, if you have awhile before coming this way to visit the Andes, you could make this in the comfort of your own home. Just be sure to turn the air up really high so that you feel as though you are in a Peruvian Mountain town.

guiso de trigo

Guiso de Trigo is a fairly easy stew to make, given you have all the ingredients on hand (or if you have a corner store nearby where you can purchase it all from!). Guiso de Trigo is part of the 101 Reasons to Eat in Peru series.

Peruvian Wheat Berry Stew
Wheat berries are stewed with fava beans and potatoes, then seasoned with fresh mint to create Peruvian Guiso de Trigo.
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  1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 1 medium onion, finely diced
  3. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/4 cup aji amarillo paste
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 pound wheat berries, soaked and drained
  8. 6 cups vegetable broth
  9. 1 cup fava beans
  10. 1/2 pound potatoes, cubed
  11. 1/2 pound queso fresco (fresh cheese)
  12. 2 tablespoons mint, minced
  1. Heat oil over medium high in a deep skillet or small stock pot. Add onions and saute until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute. Stir in the aji amarillo paste along with salt & pepper. Allow the onion mixture to cook until it thickens and caramelizes, about 3 minutes.
  2. Incorporate the wheat berries and broth and bring it to a slow boil. Turn the heat down to medium, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Add fava beans and cubed potatoes and continue to simmer until they are cooked completely. Add queso fresco and mint; stirring to combine. If the mixture is a bit "dry" at this point, you can add just a bit more broth. Alternatively, if the mixture is a bit runny, be sure to simmer uncovered for a couple extra minutes to thicken it a bit more.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. Serve with rice and rocoto sauce.
Adapted from Larousse de la Gastronomia Peruana
Adapted from Larousse de la Gastronomia Peruana
Provecho Peru
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Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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  1. March 7, 2013

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