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What is the national dish of Columbia?

It’s called bandeja paisa. The word bandeja means platter in Spanish. Paisa refers to the region from where this dish originates. 

Served as a huge platter, it has several variations. But chiefly, red beans, rice, ground beef, chorizo with lime, plantain, arepa, avocado, fried egg on top and a big slice of chicharron or fried pork belly. This is normally accompanied by mazamorra, a cold, milk based beverage containing crushed maize grains or kernels.

A high calorie food, the bandeja paisa was traditionally eaten by peasants, and helped them consume a full day’s worth of energy and nourishment to keep them going.

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