Sanocho de gallina, the Panamese medicine after heavy drinking

Sanocho de gallina.

Sanocho de gallina.

We already gave you some tips and tricks to get rid of your hangoverBut every country has its own traditional dishes to make the process go faster. We like to give you a taste of the international anti-hangover cuisine. This time we’ll give you the recipe of a chicken soup that is well known in many countries in Latin America. From the Caribbean to Peru under different names. We chose the version of the central located Panama, where they call it sanocho de gallina.

Like most Latin Americans the people of Panama are not scared of a night full of dancing and drinking. Especially the national drink seco herrerano – a drink that is distilled from sugarcane – can hit you pretty hard. So having a big pan of sanocho de gallina in the morning can feel like a lifesaver. Like all dishes presented in this category it’s advisable to make it in advance.

1 whole hen
4 cups of chicken stock
1 tablespoon coriander (cilantro)
1 teaspoon oregano
1 large onion
2 tomatoes
2 green bell peppers (green paprika’s)
4 cloves of garlic
500 gram of yucca roots
3 plantains (banana’s for cooking)
800 gram of pumpkin
500 gram potatoes
3 corn cobs (the small ones)
4 liters of Water

Fill up a large pan with 4 liters of water. Chop up the chicken and get it to boil along with the chicken stock, coriander and oregano. Also add salt and pepper for more flavor, the quantity depends on your own taste. In the mean time chop up the onion, tomatoes and peppers. When you’re done doing this it’s time to add them to the soup along with the garlic cloves.
Now cut up the corn cobs and plantains in pieces of 3 to 4 centimeters and add them to the pan too. After doing this it’s time to cut up the remaining vegetables (yucca roots, pumpkin and potatoes). Add these ingredients last and cook until the meat of the hen is tender. The whole preparation takes about an hour. When it’s done poor up a bowl and serve it with some parsley on top.
To spice the soup up a little you can also cut up a hot pepper and put this in.

Micky Bumbar

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