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Cocido Madrileño (m) is a famous regional Spanish stew – the literal translation is ‘Madrid stew’. Traditionally Cocido Madrileño (which is the Cocido or stew typical of Madrid) always contains chickpeas (garbanzos) and meat. The origin of a cocido seems to have been in the early Middle Ages, when Spanish Jews needed dishes which could do with long, slow cooking for Shabbat. At first the ingredients were Kosher, but later on pork and other non-Kosher ingredients were added to avoid suspicion under the Inquisition.
Cocido Madrileño was for a long time considered a working person's meal, and not particularly glamorous or elegant, and it wasn't common to see it in restaurants in Spain. This attitude is changing, and restaurants are starting to offer it, especially as travelers become more sophisticated and want to try local specialities rather than generic food.
You will find regional variations of Cocido throughout Spain, but pulses and meat are always included in the recipe.
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