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  • Writer's pictureCecilia Tupac

How to make Peruvian 'Pollada'

Peruvian Pollada Recipe

Curious about Peruvian Polladas? Dive into the origins of this captivating tradition and discover the delectable dishes prepared for this unique social gathering.

What is a Peruvian 'Pollada'?

In its essence, a Pollada is a social gathering centered around a chicken-based dish. It's an occasion where friends, family, and neighbours unite to enjoy music and culinary delights, often with the purpose of raising funds for a specific cause.

Attendees typically contribute a nominal fee for their "ticket," gaining access to an afternoon filled with festivities, including music, dancing, games, and a hearty meal, usually hosted in the home of the organiser.

The term "Pollada" stems from the Spanish word "Pollo," meaning "Chicken." A typical Pollada feast features roasted chicken accompanied by potatoes, salad, and an array of sauces. Guests may also be encouraged to bring their own side dishes or desserts, creating a communal buffet-style experience.

What happens with the money raised at a Pollada?

The funds raised at a Pollada are typically directed towards charitable causes or community projects. While there are no strict rules regarding the purpose of a Pollada, it is often organized to support specific initiatives such as:

  • Medical: If a family member, or someone in the local neighbourhood, falls ill or sustains an injury, a Pollada may be organised to raise funds for their medical treatment and related expenses.

  • Education: Polladas can be arranged to support educational initiatives, including funding for school supplies, scholarships, extracurricular activities, or infrastructure improvements in schools.

  • Charitable Projects: Organisations or individuals may host Polladas to raise money for charitable projects aimed at assisting vulnerable populations, such as homeless shelters, orphanages, or hospitals.

How to Prepare a Traditional Peruvian Pollada Meal

Below is a video showing how to prepare a traditional Peruvian Pollada step-by-step:

Ingredientes de una Pollada:

  • 1 whole chicken

  • 6-8 tablespoons of aji panca paste

  • 2 tablespoons of garlic paste

  • 1-2 tablespoons of soy sauce

  • 1-2 tablespoons of red or white vinegar

  • 1/2 squeezed lemon

  • 1/2 tablespoon of ginger extract (juice)

  • 1/2 cup of dark or blonde beer

  • 1 tablespoon of mustard

  • Salt, pepper and cumin to taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar

Crema de Rocoto (Rocoto Sauce):

  • 3 rocoto chillis

  • 1 onion

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 2 slices of bread

  • Squeeze of lime juice (opcional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste


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