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Traditions, Customs, Rituals and Beliefs in the Andes of Peru

Traditions of Peru > Huatia





A huatia is a traditional Peruvian earthen oven which dates back to the days of the Inca Empire. A banquet prepared with this sort of oven is known as a Pachamanca. This type of oven is commonly associated with the peasants in the Cusco region in the Andes.
Although the term is often used simply to refer to any simple dirt cooking pit, this is not considered the "proper" way to build a huatia. The most traditional way to build the huatia (although perhaps not the most common today) is to carefully construct a dome or pyramid from rocks over a dirt pit using nothing but gravity to hold the dome together (a skill passed down through the centuries). This dome/pyramid must have an opening in which to place other rocks, kindling, and the food to be cooked. A fire is built inside (special rocks such as volcanic rocks must be selected which can resist the heat) until the rocks become sufficiently heated. Once the food (meat and potatoes most often in addition to herbs) is inside the dome/pyramid is allowed to collapse, either by the action of the heat or by manual intervention, to bury the food. It is then left to cook for many hours soaking up flavors from the surrounding soil. Although any fire in the pit is extinguished the heat remains for a long time. Eventually the food is dug out of the ground and served.






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