Caldo de costilla, the Colombian cure after rough nights

Caldo de costilla.

Caldo de costilla.

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 explore Columbia’s kitchen with another soup. One with beef for a change, called caldo de costilla.

Now we’re not gonna make any stupid jokes about the white powder, but still Colombians have a certain reputation when it comes to partying. The nights in Bogota can be long and heavy and you might regret them in the morning. Well, until you get a taste of the typical hangover cure: caldo de costilla. And don’t let the exotic name fool you. The ingredients are quite easy to find all over the world.

Kilo beef ribs
2 large potatoes
2 carrots
2 sticks of celery
1 large onion (or 4-6 scallions)
1 liter beef broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons coriander (cilantro)
4 tablespoons aji (spicy sauce, if you can’t find it anywhere, you can make it yourself)
Lime wedges
2 liters water
Take a large pot and heat up the oil inside. Put in the ribs until the meat and bones picked up some color. Than put in the the copped onion and garlic, along with the water, beef broth, aji and coriander. Bring the whole thing to a boil. Afterwards reduce the heat to a simmer and cover the pot. Leave the pot like this for 2 hours, so the meat turns tender.
In the meantime chop up the carrots, celery and potatoes. Put them in the pot and bring to taste with extra salt. Let the soup simmer till the potatoes get tender and serve it with lime wedges as garnish.
It’s also possible to add diced raw onion or chopped coriander.

Micky Bumbar

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