Peruvian Power Foods: Lentil Quinoa Masachakuy

One of my favorite Peruvian dishes is called tacu-tacu.  Tacu-tacu is classically prepared by frying up leftover rice and smashed beans with “aderezo”, a sauté of onion, garlic and aji paste. Tacu-tacu is not only a delicious way to use up leftovers, but also makes a cheap and nutritious meal.

Though not tacu-tacu, this dish served as the inspiration for my Lentil-Quinoa Masachakuy recipe.  In Quechua, the Andean people’s language, masachakuy means “marriage.” This recipe marries two of my favorite foods, quinoa and lentils.

Lentil-Quinoa Masachakuy

Serves 4


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon aji paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cups cooked quinoa

2 cups cooled petite lentils

Salt and pepper to taste

Handful fresh cilantro, chopped


Cutting board

Chef knife

Large sauté pan

Wooden spoon


Place olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  When hot, add onion and garlic.  Sauté until soft and fragrant.  Stir in the aji paste and cumin and cook for another minute.

Add quinoa and lentils to the pan and cook until heated through.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Toss with fresh cilantro before serving.

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