What are the typical foods of rural Guatemala? the typical recipes? Tortillas and beans are the daily staples and supplemented only if the family has the extra money to add meat or vegetables. One of the recipes made as a special treat for breakfast is called “mosh”. It is simply oatmeal but made differently than here in the states. Quaker Oats sells a prepackaged mosh but most Guatemalans buy it in bulk bags because it is cheaper. Some schools have a breakfast snack program and serve mosh for a nutritious morning snack to the children who don’t otherwise eat breakfast.
A friend makes mosh by adding about 2 cups of oatmeal to 6-8 cups of water and cooking it for 1 hour, stirring constantly. Then she adds 1 piece of stick cinnamon and more water if needed and one and a half cup of sugar. She cooks it a while longer and adds a cup of milk. The finished mosh was delicious but you couldn’t tell it was oatmeal– it was cooked so long it was liquid and we drank it from a cup.
A really hot sauce that is served at almost every meal is made with chiltepe chili peppers. They are just mashed in a molcajete (mortar) until like a sauce and then a lttle water is added. These little peppers are fiery hot but sure add a kick to your food!
Enma makes a green salsa with jalapenos by cooking them in a little water for a few minutes. Then putting them into a blender along with cilantro, garlic, onion, a little lime juice and salt— all according to taste. Blend until thoroughly chopped and the consistency you like. This salsa I really love!
Tortillas are made by hand at nearly every meal using freshly ground masa. Masa is the dough and is made from corn that has been soaked in lime water. Every morning the women take the soaked corn to the neighborhood mill and have it ground into masa. In Guatemala you can find white, yellow or black corn tortillas. Below is a video of my friend making tortillas.