A gastronomic version.

Maize is a common food source in East Timor and this recipe utilises the best of it mixed with other vegetables. This is a basic recipe illustrating the nature of common foods of the East Timorese people. The lack of abundantly available background spices really drives home the subsistence nature of the cuisine.

  • 500 grams dried corn kernels
  • Quarter of a pumpkin, cut into small pieces
  • 100 grams red kidney beans
  • Salt, to taste
  1. Wash corn and beans. Mix together.
  2. Cook for about an hour, or until both corn and beans are tender.
  3. Add pumpkin and salt. Cook for about 30 minutes longer or until pumpkin is soft.