Vegetarian Lupini Beans Ceviche

What is known as Lupini Beans in English, in Peru is called Andean legume “Chocho” or “Tarwi.” It is very rich in vegetable protein and micro elements, but there is a little detail in respect to cooking: it needs a longer cooking time.

In stores, it is commonly found canned or jarred, since it’s easier to prepare it that way, but if you dare to go through the whole prep process yourself, to have an authentic cooking experience, and buy the dry beans you’ll need to soak them for a period of time, almost like chickpeas. offers you an opportunity to chose how much time you are prepared to invest:

Indeed, it seems that the only drawback to this legume is that it’s extremely bitter and requires soaking for a long period of time in order to be edible. Its bitterness is a natural result of the plant’s defenses, as it protects the lupini from predators, and even the water used to soak the grain is used as an insecticide both at home and in the field.

In Europe there’s a a legume that’s almost identical, known as lupinus albus, or “altramuz” in Spain and lupini in other countries. Its origin has been traced to ancient Egypt, but that’s just one of the 300 varieties of lupines that exist.

Once it’s cooked, it’s used in soups and stews, salads, ceviches and many other dishes. This is a recipe for a vegetarian ceviche using the lupini beans, which has been tested and liked, so you could take advantage of it too. Below are the basic steps you will have to go though in preparation, but how to serve it, on what kind of plate or cup, how to decorate it – it is totally up to you – let your imagination fly… Enjoy!

 Julia K.
Lupini Ceviche

Recipe: Vegetarian ceviche de chochos

Summary: Ceviche de chochos is a vegetarian ceviche made with chocho beans, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, limes, oranges and tomato sauce. It is served with maiz tostado, chifles or plantain chips, avocados and hot sauce.

Ingredients (for 8-10 portions)

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  1. Place the sliced red onions in a large bowl, sprinkle with salt (about 1 tbs) and cover with warm water. Let them soak for about 10 minutes, then drain the water and rinse well with cold water. This will help remove the bitterness from the onions.
  2. Combine the washed red onions, tomato slices, chochos, tomato sauce or ketchup, chopped cilantro, lime juice, orange juice, olive oil and salt (not a lot is needed as the chochos are already salty).
  3. Let the chocho ceviche marinate for a couple of hours in the refrigerator before serving.
  4. Serve cold with maiz tostado, green plantain chips, avocado and hot sauce.

You can serve it the way your prefer. See some ideas below:

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  • To cook the lupini beans you must first soak them for 24 hours in cold water to remove their bitterness. During this time period, change the water several times. Place them in a pot full of water and bring to a boil. Change the water and repeat this procedure once more. Then, cook them for about two hours until they’re soft.
  • The easiest thing to do is to buy them packaged and ready to eat. You can find them in Italian shops or shops that sell gourmet products.
  • You can also order them online, either packaged or cooked:

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