What about eating a fresh meal from Brazil today? Every month we will publish selected recipes from one country, and this month, we chose Brazil! Sun, sea, and food. Indeed, one of the best thing in this country is food. Brazilian cuisine is flavorful, rich and beautiful. Today, we will cook a moqueca.
Today, we will cook a moqueca. I learned to prepare it while staying at a friend's house in Minas Gerais, Brazil. My friend was working on something else, he told me every step of the recipe keeping it a mystery until we sat at the table together and then, he explained to me what I had just made. I remembered all of it and quickly wrote it in my notebook. :) Cooking is one of the best experiences of traveling with locals.
Moqueca is a Brazilian recipe with fish stew in coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, coriander and some palm oil. It is originally from the states of Bahia in the Northeast. Today, we will make a vegan version of it, so without the fish. Also, I make it with olive oil or coconut oil instead of palm oil but, palm oil gives a particular taste to it which does make a difference. If you wish, you can use it.
Ingredients (for about 3 meals)
4 or 5 ripe tomatoes
1 red pepper (medium size)
1 yellow pepper (medium size)
1 green pepper (medium size)
1 large onion
1 coconut milk can
Olive oil or coconut oil
Salt, chile pepper
Fresh cilantro (optional)
- Put about two soup spoon of olive oil in a large pan on low/medium heat. Slice the onion and garlic thinly and put them in the pan.
- Cut the tomatoes and the peppers very thinly and mix them all. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.
- Add the coconut milk to it and let it simmer for about 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender. You can add a little bit of olive oil on the top of the mixture. Add salt and chile pepper as desired.
- Once ready, add the chopped cilantro as desired on top on it. You can also add some avocado. I love those two, so I usually do.
With it, I usually make some rice and a salad on the side.