I usually serve this dish without ñame or pumpkin. If you prefer to leave out some of the vegetables, just increase the other ones. For example, I use three-quarter of a pound each of yuca and potatoes in place of the ones I mentioned. This is a great dish to prepare on cold winter nights; it is heartwarming and delicious. The name of this recipe comes from the legend of a spirit dressed like a woman that lived near the fishing town of Buenaventura and smelled like fish; she would appear to men who cheated on their wives.
Different parts of the country use different kinds of fish, but the original recipe is with bocachico, which is a gray migratory river fish.
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