Chilean cuisine is a simple melange of fare from native Indian, Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Mexican, and Asian origins. Chileans also fully relish their natural resources through the generous use of fruits and vegetables in their recipes and innovative preparation of the varied supply of fresh seafood. As in the rest of the region, corn (maíz in Spanish, but choclo in Chile) is the basic ingredient of most Chilean foods. Chile has a wide variety of foods, including seafood, beef, fresh fruit, and vegetables. A traditional Chilean meal is pastel de choclo , a “pie” made with corn, vegetables, chicken, and beef. This dish is usually served with ensalada chilena (Chilean salad).
- 900 gm onions, finely chopped
- 900 gm peeled tomatoes (may be canned and drained well), finely sliced
- 3 tbsp oil
- Lemon juice, to taste
- ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
- Kosher Salt and pepper, to taste
- Place the sliced onions in a bowl.
- Cover with cold water and let set for 1 hour, then drain the water.
- Mix onions with the tomatoes on a large platter.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Pour oil and lemon juice on mixture.
- Mix and serve with chopped cilantro sprinkled on top.