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The Alboronía: a delicacy from Andalusia and Castille La Mancha
19 November 2013 @ 15:15

      The word “Alboronía” comes from the Arabic word al-baraniyya which means “some delicacy”, and effectively it is a real delicacy this stew of eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and squash, all well mixed with paprika and served in the days of Lent (in which is forbidden to eat meat). It is for its content and preparation the precursor of the Manchego ratatouille (from  La Mancha, in the center of Spain) and other Spanish ratatouilles.

      The Alboronía is also very popular in Andalusia.

      Alboronía comes from “Al-baraniyya”, but also comes from “Buraniyya”, that in Arabic means “Guiso”(“Stew”).

      With the discovery of America, Spain reach new products such as tomato and pepper, and paprika from here, which became the usual ingredients of the Alboronía.

      The Alboronía was a very popular dish at weddings.

      This dish spend 45 minutes to be cooked –but it is easy--.

      Here you have the ingredients (for 4 persons): 1/2 kg of pumpkin. 2 aubergines. 1 onion. 1 zucchini. 2 cloves of garlic. 1 tomato. Olive oil. Sweet paprika. Sliced ​​almonds. Black pepper. Salt.

      In a pot , put water with salt to boil ; while boiling , we peel the pumpkin and the aubergines. When this is boiled, put the vegetables and leave ten minutes over medium heat; after which , we drain the vegetables and cut into small dice . Reserved .

      Meanwhile, in large skillet , put a jet of olive oil, while heated over medium heat, peel , chop the onion, so fine, and cast to skillet. The peel garlic , cut them fine and add them to the skillet. When the garlic and onion are cooked , without ever taking color, wash and chop into small dice zucchini. After about five minutes, add a pinch of paprika , move and put into the pot the tomato , peeled, seeded and diced small . When everything is cooked, add the diced pumpkin and auberinge cooked , put a pinch of salt and pepper and the dish is done.

      On four plates, place the alboronía , stretched and sprinkle sliced ​​almonds.

      And this one should be the result:

Alboronía. 

      I hope that you want to try it.

      Enjoy it!.

      Till soon, kind regards,

Luis.

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