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Authentic Causa Recipe: Quick and Easy

What is causa made of?

Do you want to add a Peruvian dish with your appetizers or as an entree? You must try this authentic causa recipe at your home. It’s specially made from potatoes. If you look at Peruvian cuisine, you will see multiple types of dishes which are prepared with potatoes. However, let’s know more about this delicious item.

What is Causa Made of?

You will be surprised to hear that more than 4000 varieties of potatoes grow in Peru. So the potato became one of the major ingredients of Peruvian cuisine. They make different types of potato dishes with different tastes.

Causa is a smashed potato that contains lime juice and famous Peruvian yellow peppers. The inner portion of this delicious dish is filled with different types of fish and meats like tuna, lobsters, shrimp, chicken, etc.

This variety of combinations makes Causa a unique and mouth-watering item. By the way, it has lots of nutrients that make it a healthy food item.

It’s also popular in different variations of Causa Rellena, Causa Limena, and Causa Latina in different restaurants. During the ancient period, Causa was only cooked with traditional yellow potatoes and chili peppers.

But in the 19th century, one more important ingredient was added to it which was lemon. In modern times this combination is very popular among food enthusiasts and restaurants. There is no specific data about the origin of the Causa.

Some people think that it originated in the ancient andean community which is combined with different countries like Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador. On the other hand, some people think that it was first introduced by the Spanish people.

So are you interested in cooking this historic delicious dish at your home? Let’s know what are the important ingredients for preparing traditional Causa.

Necessary Ingredients For Preparing Causa

First, you need to gather all these ingredients.

  • Yellow Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Aji Amarillo paste( Traditional Peruvian ingredient)
  • Lime or Lemon juice
  • Tomato and Avocado
  • Tuna/Chicken/Shrimp
  • Mayonnaise
  • Onions
  • Boiled Eggs(Optional)
  • Salt
  • Peppers

➡️ Prep Time – 10 Minutes

➡️ Cook Time – 30 Minutes

➡️ Total Time – 40 Minutes

How To Cook Traditional Causa

I think you have already managed all these necessary ingredients. You show that you can use your favorite fish or meat for fillings of the Causa. So choose based on your demands.

✅ Step 1 – Make Fillings of Causa

Before making the potato smash, you have to prepare the fillings. So that you can easily use it at the right time. So, it’s to make the fillings portion of the Cause. So choose your favorite fish or meat. For example, you have chosen tuna.

So prepare the tuna with a combination of tomato, avocado, onions, and lime juice. You can also add some salt and peppers. Now keep this on freeze until the potato is ready.

✅ Step 2 – Prepare The Potato

We know that our main ingredient is potato. So first, you need to boil the potato in salt water. When the potatoes become properly boiled and soft, take them from the bowl. You need to wait for some time. Because potatoes are still hot.

Now peel the skin from the potato and clean it in normal water. You have to prepare the potato smash. So take a medium size bowl. Keep the boiled potato on it. Add necessary ingredients like vegetable oil, salt, peppers, and aji amarillo paste. You need to mix all the ingredients appropriately. Your potato mash is ready.

✅ Step 3 – Make the Causa

For making the Causa you need a casserole dish. Because you have to make 3 different layers. Now fill up the bottom layer(⅓) of the dish with mashed potato. In the middle layer(⅔), you need to fill it with previously made tuna fillings. The final should be the same as the first one.

However, you can include boiled eggs and coriander leaves in the upper portion.

Voila! You have made delicious authentic causa. Now keep the causa in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

By the way, you can taste authentic Causa with different types of meals such as Dead of love, Empanadas beef, special yuca, etc.

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Final Words

It’s a very easy and flexible recipe for making authentic Causa at your home. You can customize this delicacy with different types of spices. It might add an extra flavor to it. Never forget to taste this dish with your family and friends. You can also visit your restaurant to taste Peruvian dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Peruvian causa made of?

Peruvian causa is specially cooked with yellow potato and ají amarillo paste. It’s one of the traditional and ancient Peruvian dishes.

2. How do you shape causa?

The perfect shape is always important for dishes like causa. You can use a casserole dish to give a proper shape to the causa.

3. Why is it called causa?

Causa word originated from the incan Quechua word “Kausaq”. The meaning of this word is potato. As this dish is made from potatoes, people call it Causa.

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