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Peruvian chupe

Chupe is a light, soupy stew from Chile and Peru. Add more or less cayenne depending on your taste, keeping in mind that the spiciness gives the dish its South American flair.

You'll need

150 gm (¾ cup) red quinoa (see note), rinsed under cold running water 2 tbsp olive oil 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, peeled, finely chopped 2 tsp ground cumin ¾ tsp ground cayenne 750 ml (3 cups) chicken stock 600 gm baby Otway red potatoes (see note), scrubbed and halved 400 gm canned tomatoes, finely chopped 2 corn cobs, kernels removed and reserved 18 green king prawns, peeled, cleaned, tails intact 100 gm cow’s milk feta, broken into chunks To serve: baby English spinach leaves


  • 01
  • Cook quinoa in a saucepan of boiling water until tender (10 minutes), drain and set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion and garlic and stir occasionally until soft (8-10 minutes). Add spices, stir until fragrant (1 minute). Add stock, potato and tomato, and stir occasionally until potato is tender (20-25 minutes). Add corn, cook for 5 minutes, add prawns, cook until pink and cooked through (3-5 minutes). Scatter quinoa, feta and spinach over chupe to serve.

Note Red quinoa is available from select delicatessens and health food stores. If unavailable, substitute white or pearl quinoa. Baby Otway red potatoes are available from select delicatessens and greengrocers. If unavailable, substitute another baby potato.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

A cold bottle of lager.

Featured in

Mar 2009

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