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Motes: Pillo, Pata and Sucio

Motes: Pillo, Pata and Sucio

Favorite grain in the Azuay kitchen


Mote is part of the Azuay culinary identity; It is obtained by cooking the corn, peeled with shell; In Azuay the varieties of corn they used are: the shima and blanco.

Useful Data

The region Located to the South of the country, in the Andean region, on the basins of Paute and jubones; its capital, Cuenca, is Cultural Heritage, declared by Unesco in 1999. El Cajas National Park is located in Azuay.

Weather Its temperature oscillates between 14° C and 16 ° C, and an average of 22° C in the lowlands.


From Pre-Hispanic origin. Since 1590 the mote is part of the indigenous table, they cooked it in pottery, firewood and ash, to achieve its breakup and softness.

Mote Pillo: mote pelado mixed with eggs, chopped green onion, lard, salt and crushed ripe cheese; which gives it a creamy consistency.

Mote Pata: is a soup with mote, meat and pork rib, bacon, smoked sausage, liquefied gourd seeds, butter color, onion, garlic salt, oregano and cumin.

Mote Sucio: mmote wrapped with black butter resulting from frying pig meat, served with chopped onion and chili sauce.

The Mote Pata, is traditional in the celebration of Carnival. Mote Pillo and Mote Sucio are served in restaurants, markets and traditional places to eat, accompanied by roast meat.

The Mote Pillo, mixed with egg and cheese; Mote Pata, soup with mote, meat and rib of pork, bacon, and gourd seed; and dirty Mote, wrapped in black butter (mapahuira).

Motes: Pillo, Pata and Sucio

Traditional drink

Rosero It is a sweet drink made with base of mote pelado and cooked rice, sweet herbs water, citrus fruit, lemon juice, cloves and cinnamon.

Motes: Pillo, Pata and Sucio

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