Moors and Christians

Moros y Cristianos

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Zarela's Veracruz: Mexico's Simplest Cuisine

By Zarela Martínez

Published 2001

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Spanish-Speakers From Valencia to Venezuela know that the Moors of the title are black beans, while white rice stands for their foes, the Christians. This is a picturesque image, but no more so than the name applied to the dish in some parts of Veracruz: casamiento (marriage). Other combinations of rice and legumes go back for centuries before Columbus in Arabic and African cooking. Probably moros y cristianos was a new version of some dish or dishes already known to the Afric