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Catutos or Multrunes Traditional Mapuche Recipe
Catutos or Multrunes Traditional Mapuche Recipe

Catutos or multrunes are a very traditional recipe in Mapuche cuisine. They can be served cold with honey or rosehip jam, and in their savory version, they are served warm with butter, pebre (a Chilean condiment), or garlic sauce.

How to make Catutos or Multrunes?

Catutos or multrunes are artisanal bread made from cooked and peeled wheat grains mixed with lard, making them a healthy and nutritious alternative to traditional flour-based bread.

Nutritional Information

Category: Traditional Breads
Cuisine: Chilean, Mapuche
Calories: 200
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Mapuche Catutos or Multrunes recipe


  • 1 kg of Chilean mote (cooked and peeled wheat)
  • 1 tablespoon of lard or butter
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt


  1. If the wheat is raw, cook it in a large pot with water and ashes for about 40 minutes until the husk begins to peel off. Wash it thoroughly at the end.
  2. Once the wheat is cooked and peeled, or if you have purchased it ready to use, grind the wheat mote in a mill, grinding stone, or food processor until you obtain a relatively homogeneous mixture.
  3. Mix the wheat paste with lard (or optionally, butter), add salt to taste, and knead until well combined. Divide the dough and shape it into small elongated loaves with pointed ends.
  4. Once the loaves are ready, as all the ingredients are already cooked, you can either bake them for about 10 minutes or fry them in oil until they are lightly browned.
  5. Serve the catutos immediately while they are warm, either plain or with a sweet or savory accompaniment like honey, butter, or even chili sauce.

Benefits of consuming wheat mote

  • Wheat mote is rich in dietary fiber, which promotes healthy and regular digestion, contributing to a feeling of fullness that can help control appetite and body weight.
  • Due to its complex carbohydrate content, wheat mote provides gradual and sustained energy, which is beneficial for maintaining stable energy levels throughout the day and for endurance physical activities.
  • Wheat mote contains a variety of essential nutrients, including B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, and iron, which are important for proper body function and overall health.

Did you know?

The word “mote” is of Quechua origin, “mut’i,” and it is the generic name for different grains or legumes cooked in water. In Chile, by default, we refer to “wheat mote,” which means boiled and peeled wheat grains.


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